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He just stood up and he looked around the room, almost like he was doing a headcount, and he said, “I wanted to thank you for bringing E.T. to the White House. We really enjoyed your movie,” and then he looked around the room and said, “And there are a number of people in this room who know that everything on that screen is absolutely true.” And he said it without smiling! But he said that and everybody laughed, by the way. The whole room laughed because he presented it like a joke, but he wasn’t smiling as he said it.
post by tombangelta
Sounds like Ronald was in fact making a joke.
Originally posted by Crakeur
I highly doubt he was serious. the president is a temp. they don't get the clearance for that kind of knowledge.
Originally posted by mydarkpassenger
reply to post by Mythos13
S & F.
But it was E.T.
I can imagine Reagan doing that; he had a great poker-face.
Steven Spielberg: I don’t think he let something slip there, no. I think he delivered a joke without smiling, without a little bit of a twinkle behind the joke. I think the joke landed because everybody laughed, but because I’m a little bit of a Ufologist I was hoping that there was something more to the joke than met my eye. I’m sorry to say I think he was simply trying to tell a joke.