"I'm not gonna categorize them as balloons," said Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of NORAD. "We're calling them 'objects' for a reason."
“I think Santa will be right at home with the Arctic weather that’s hitting into the lower 48,” said Lt. General David Nahom, a NORAD official.
A caller on the phone with the president and first lady ended the chat by uttering the veiled expletive used by conservatives.
Fortunately, Collman Lloyd of South Carolina hadn't heard the word "marginal" before, so Santa lives on.
When the JLENS air surveillance blimp cut loose from its moorings in Maryland and crashed in central Pennsylvania last fall, it raised serious questions about the future of the $2.7 billion program.
NORAD has been monitoring Kris Kringle's Yuletide journey since 1955.