President Barack Obama made a surprise announcement at a recent manufacturing innovation event at the White House, when he revealed details of a top-secret government project.
"Basically I'm here to announce that we are building Iron Man", the president told journalists gathered at a busy press conference, who were expecting a speech on the creation of "Manufacturing Innovation Institutes" in Chicago and Detroit.
Amid bursts of laughter, Obama added: "I'm gonna blast off in a second.”
The president then confirmed this was just a joke - or was it? "This has been a secret project we've been working on for a long time”, he explained, laughing. But then he remarked: “Not really. Maybe. It's classified."
The institutes are being built to develop cutting-edge technologies for creating commercial products.
It remains to be seen if the high-tech Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit worn by Tony Stark will be among those products.