Ronald Reagan said so! Trust but verify! Except I suppose we could only verify the presence of adorable, reeses pieces loving aliens if we were the president, so… just trust! Anyhow. I’m going to take this anecdote as being entirely accurate. What anecdote? This one from Steven Spielberg, documentary filmmaker:

“[Reagan] 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.’ 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.’ 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.”

That’s because it wasn’t a joke, Steven. Ain’t It Cool