One supposes that when one's father stars in so many movies featuring extraterrestrial threats, it might be easy to assume that aliens are, in fact, the real deal. And who better to confirm this than the Commander in Chief? So, despite his father's urgings, Will Smith's son, Jaden, asked President Obama to tell him the truth.
The story, as related by Will Smith in a BBC Radio interview, goes a little something like this. The night before the Smith family was set to visit the White House, Will's son, and co-star in M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth, posed a question:
"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!' "
When Smith and his family were getting a tour of the White House from the first family—because, when you're WIll Smith, the president is the one who gives the tours—Jaden decided to spring the question:
"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 starting to talk 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.' "
Nerd presidents FTW.
(Via The Mary Sue)