The White House gets spectacularly destroyed in Independence Day, one of the most famous movies of Bill Clinton's presidency — but if that happened in real life, Clinton says it could be a good thing, if it finally ended the huge divisions among the human race.
Last night on Jimmy Kimmel, the ex-POTUS was asked whether he had looked at all the secret files on Area 51 and Roswell, and whether there actually were any aliens. Clinton responded:
I had people go look at the records on Area 51 to make sure there was no alien down there. But there are no aliens there. So then I, when the Roswell thing came up, I knew we'd get gazillions of letters. So I had all the Roswell papers reviewed, everything...
[At the same time,] we know now we live in an ever expanding universe. We know that there are billions of star and planets literally out there, and the universe is getting bigger. We know from our fancy telescopes that just in the last two years, more than 20 planets have been identified outside our solar system that seem to be far enough away from their suns and dense enough that they might be able to support some form of life, so it makes it increasingly less likely that we are alone...
If we were visited someday, I wouldn't be surprised. I just hope that it is not like Independence Day, that it's a conflict. [Although] that may be the only way to unite this incredibly divided world of ours. 'They're out there, we'd better [work together]' Think of how all the difference among people on earth would seem small if we felt threatened by a space invader. Everybody gets together and makes nice. That is the whole theory of Independence Day.
Weirdly, in a sense, Clinton is just quoting another ex-President, Ronald Reagan, who used to cite the "working together in the case of alien invasion" scenario endlessly. You can see where Ozymandias got the idea in Watchmen. [via Chicago Sun-Times]