Election years tend to bring out some bizarre and even outright spacey charges against political opponents. The Presidential Election of 2008 has been no different. Its historic overtones with Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s hearty fight to be the first black man or the first woman nominated as a presidential candidate has been chock full of some interesting political rhetoric to say the least.
Politics can get even more bizarre and it doesn’t even have to be an election year. Check out these presidents and U.S. politicians who publicly admitted to seeing an Unidentified Flying Object or UFO.
While serving as President, Ronald Reagan called upon the scientific community to create a “star wars” style defensive shield to protect America against attack. Though most considered this a call for a conventional – albeit a colorfully described – way to defend the United States against enemies of terrestrial origin, others have theorized he may also have been thinking about invaders from outer space.
Perhaps it comes from the fact that while Reagan was Governor of California, he admitted to journalist Norman C. Miller to seeing a UFO while traveling on an airplane. Though Ronald Reagan may not have divulged anything further about his personal interaction with UFOs thereafter, he will always be known as being the Star Wars president.
Jimmy Carter lost re-election as President to Ronald Reagan in 1980 and both men reported they saw a UFO.
Now a respected Nobel Peace Prize winner and acclaimed author. Carter’s UFO incident surfaced while serving as Georgia Governor in 1973. Carter reported a sighting he had in 1969 to the International UFO Bureau in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Recently Jimmy Carter said in an interview with The Skeptics Guide To The Universe his memory on the incident is now vague and that his sighting was probably some experiment out of a nearby military base.
Dennis Kucinich ran for the democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008.
On October 30,2007, in Philadelphia, PA, democratic debate moderator Tim Russert brought up the subject of UFO’s by reading a passage from a Shirley MacLaine book revealing that Dennis Kucinich had a UFO sighting while at her home in Washington state. Kucinich confirmed the incident was indeed true and mentioned that Jimmy Carter had publicly admitted to a UFO sighting himself.
Former Arizona Governor Fife Symington
In 1997, the now famous Phoenix Lights incident had many witnesses – including then Governor Fife Symington – but at the time he refused to admit his sighting.
Later when speaking with The Daily Courier in Prescott, said Fife, “I’m a pilot and I know just about every machine that flies. It was bigger than anything that I’ve ever seen. It remains a great mystery. Other people saw it, responsible people. I don’t know why people would ridicule it. It was enormous and inexplicable. Who knows where it came from? A lot of people saw it, and I saw it too. It was dramatic. And it couldn’t have been flares because it was too symmetrical. It had a geometric outline, a constant shape.”
Symington, although promising the public answers about the mass sighting, ended up ridiculing the incident by having his chief of staff parade around in an alien costume. Subsequently, he’s been outspoken about his UFO sighting, even appearing on CNN’s Larry King Live to discuss it.
Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr.
In 1955, U.S. Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr. of Georgia, while traveling by train in Russia saw two UFOs.
Russell was then the respected chairman of the Armed Services Committee. His traveling companions also saw the discs. According to an Air Force Intelligence report on October 14, 1955, which was originally classified TOP SECRET, “The three observers were firmly convinced that they saw a genuine flying disc.” Another witnesses whose identity was not revealed, said the disc “had a slight dome on top” and also a “white light on top.”