So you're Jaden Smith, Will Smith's kid. You've already starred opposite your pop in one successful movie (make that two when After Earth lands next summer), and you're well on your way to launching a successful solo career. Not only that, but you get to do really cool things -- like hang out with Justin Bieber courtside at the Lakers game, and get a private tour of the White House by President Obama himself. However, he's still a kid, and when he has a chance to have a conversation with the president, his first thoughts aren't to ask Obama about ways to reduce the country's debt. Hells no, he wants to know what the real deal is with aliens. I mean, c'mon -- his pops starred in one of the most memorable alien-invasion flicks of our time (Independence Day), plus he's got more alien-related shenanigans hitting theaters this weekend (Men in Black 3), so of course that's the first thing on his mind.
The older Smith, speaking to BBC Radio, told the story like this: "Jaden had said to me, 'Dad, I gotta ask the president about the aliens,' and I was like, 'Dude, no, no, it's not cool. No, it's not cool, it's embarrassing. ... Do not ask the president!' ... "So we get into the Situation Room and Jaden gets the look in his eyes and he leans over and he says, ‘Dad, what’s my punishment?’ … And Barack is talking about this Situation Room and Jaden says, ‘Excuse me, Mr. President?’ Barack said, ‘Don’t tell me.’ And in perfect form — like this is why he is the president — he stopped and looked at Jaden and said, ‘The aliens, right? … OK, I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of extraterrestrials but I can tell you if there had been a top secret meeting and if there would have had to have been a discussion about it, it would have taken place in this room.’"
Hands down the coolest response from a president regarding the existence of aliens ...
Watch Smith tell the story here. And, um, score one for Obama.
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