Times: Top Eight Presidential Encounters of the Third Kind
- October 30, 2007, The Times
Top Eight Presidential Encounters of the Third Kind
Forget about healthcare. The new concern for presidential candidates? UFOs.
Here are the top eight encounters of the Presidential kind.
1. Dennis Kucinich has felt a connection:
Writes Shirley Maclaine of her old friend: "He had a close sighting over my
home in Graham, Washington, when I lived there. Dennis found his encounter
extremely moving. The smell of roses drew him out to my balcony where, when
he looked up, he saw a gigantic triangular craft, silent, and observing him.
It hovered, soundless, for ten minutes or so, and sped away with a speed he
couldn't comprehend. He said he felt a connection in his heart and heard
directions in his mind."
2. Rudy Giuliani has a strategy in case of an alien invasion:
"Of all the things that can happen in this world, we'll be prepared for
that, yes we will. We'll be prepared for anything that happens."
3. Bill Richardson is determined to uncover the Roswell mystery:
Answering questions at a townhall meeting Friday, a Dell employee asked
Richardson about the 1947 incident in which many people still believe a
flying saucer landed near the eastern New Mexico town.
"I've been in government a long time, I've been in the cabinet, I've been in
the Congress and I've always felt that the government doesn't tell the truth
as much as it should on a lot of issues," said Richardson, who is governor
of New Mexico.
4. Ronald Reagan spotted a UFO from his plane window
"I was in a plane last week when I looked out the window and saw this white
light. It was zigzagging around. I went up to the pilot and said, 'Have you
ever seen anything like that?' He was shocked and he said, 'Nope.' And I
said to him: 'Let's follow it!' We followed it for several minutes. It was a
bright white light. We followed it to Bakersfield, and all of a sudden to
our utter amazement it went straight up into the heavens. When I got off the
plane I told Nancy all about it. But we didn't file a report on the object
because for a long time they considered you a nut if you saw a UFO."
5. Jimmy Carter's UFO sighting prompted him to run for President
"I don't laugh at people any more when they say they've seen UFOs", Carter
said at a Southern Governors Conference a few years ago. "I've seen one
myself. It was the darndest thing I've ever seen. It was big, it was very
bright, it changed colors and it was about the size of the moon.. We watched
it for ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was. One thing's
for sure, I'll never make fun of people who say they've seen unidentified
objects in the sky. I think it was a light beckoning me to run in the
California primary. If I become President, I'll make every piece of
information that this country has about UFO sightings available to the
6. John F. Kennedy incorporated alien threat into his defence plan
The US Airforce assures me that UFO's pose no threat to National Security.
7. Harry S. Truman put great thought into the mechanics behind UFOs
I can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are not
constructed by any power on earth.
8. Gerald Ford opened up the floor for extra-terrestrial debate
No doubt, you have noted the recent flurry of newspaper stories about
unidentified flying objects. I have taken special interest in these accounts
because many of the latest reported sightings have been in my home state of
Michigan... Because I think there may be substance to some of these reports
and because I believe the American people are entitled to a more thorough
explanation than has been given them by the Air Force to date, I am
proposing that either the Science and Astronautics Committee or the Armed
Services Committee of the House schedule hearings on the subject of UFOs and
invite testimony from both the executive branch of the Government and some
of the persons who claim to have seen UFOs.
Posted by Daniel Finkelstein on October 30, 2007 at 03:50 PM