by Cragg Hines
Belfast, Northern Ireland -- President Clinton was determined to emphasize children in his visit to Ireland. Even if the little ones diverted him into the world of extraterrestrials.
In his remarks as he lighted Belfast's Christmas tree Thursday night, Clinton cited letters that have poured into the White House from young people across the British province.
For instance,Clinton said, he had received a letter from a 13-year-old in Belfast named Ryan. And, the President said, he had an answer for the lad.
"No, as far as I know, an alien spacecraft did not crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947," Clinton said, drawing laughter and perhaps a bit of puzzlement from the throng in the plaza before Belfast City Hall.
Ryan apparently had asked about an alleged incident that is the rage among space alien devotees. At issue is whether the Air Force recovered alien bodies from such a crash, performed an autopsy on at least one and then stored the historic remains.
Though the official Air Force story is that what crashed in the desert was an aerial surveillance device used to monitor Russian nuclear tests, Clinton's reply was in keeping with the spirit of the youngster's letter.
"And Ryan," the President added, "if the United States Air Force did recover alien bodies, they didn't tell me about it, either, and I want to know."
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