Do you believe there are UFOs in the universe? If so, you’re not alone. Many people are believers, including some U.S. presidents.
Yes, you read that correctly — some presidents really believe in UFOs — and we’re here to tell you which ones do. Keep reading to find out if Donald Trump is a believer on page 5 and make sure you learn about some other presidents’ opinions on this very controversial subject.
1. Jimmy Carter — a believer?
According to Mashable, Jimmy Carter sighted a UFO in Georgia in 1969 — before he became president.
“I was outside a school lunch room one night right before sundown. It was getting dark and we were getting ready to eat supper. And I and about 25 men were standing around and all of a sudden in the western sky we saw a strange light coming toward us, a round light,” said Carter.
“It got closer and closer and right above the pine trees it stopped and then it began to change colors from blue, to red, to white. Then it stayed there for a while. We were all aghast. We didn’t know what it was. And then it just disappeared into the west. That was the end of it.”
“I have never thought and still don’t think it is possible for creatures from Mars to visit us and then come back home,” said Carter. But was that true? You decide.
Next: Carter asks for an investigation
2. Jimmy Carter asked NASA to look into UFOs
Whatever Jimmy Carter saw in 1969 in Georgia obviously stuck with him. During his presidency, he asked NASA to investigate UFOs, said Leslie Kean, investigative journalist and author of the book UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record.
“Carter made a request through his science advisor Frank Press in 1977 asking NASA to look into UFOs, Even though the request came from the highest office in the land, NASA declined,” said Kean.
Next: We are not alone.
3. Bill Clinton
When Bill Clinton appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2014, he talked about what he thought of aliens and UFOs, according to Mashable. Clinton said he thought the White House would get a lot of mail on the Area 51 Roswell incident anniversary, so he had all of the Roswell documents reviewed. “First I had people go look at the records on Area 51 to make sure there was no alien down there,” Clinton said on the show.
Clinton also said he thinks there’s a good chance that other life does exist out in the universe and pointed out that many planets outside of our solar system might be able to support life. “It makes it increasingly less likely that we’re alone,” said Clinton.
Next: All in the family
4. Hillary Clinton
Although she’s not a president, Hillary Clinton is married to a former one and she was Democrat nominee for president in the 2016 election. And, according to Mashable, she wants to know what’s out there. She, like her husband, went on Jimmy Kimmel Live and told the world she’d try to delve into government files pertaining to UFO sightings.
“I would like us to go into those files and hopefully make as much of that public as possible. If there’s nothing there, let’s tell people there’s nothing there,” said Clinton. “If there is something there, unless it’s a threat to national security, I think we ought to share it with the public.”
Next: The jury’s still out on this one.
5. Donald Trump
When Jordan Fabian, a White House correspondent, asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders about a UFO report that appeared in The New York Times, he also asked her whether Donald Trump believes in UFOs — and if he had planned to fund the Pentagon program again. As Fabian finished speaking, something began playing on his phone. “I don’t know if that’s a coincidence or not,” said Sanders. “I feel like I already want to pass on this question given that you have aliens sitting among you.”
Sanders eventually told Fabian that she hadn’t asked Trump about his feeling regarding UFOs, according to Vanity Fair. “Somehow that . . . hasn’t come up in our back-and-forth over the last couple days,” she said. “But I will check into that and be happy to circle back,” said Sanders.
Next: This president doesn’t presume to know.
6. Barack Obama
During a 2007 debate, according to Mashable, Barack Obama had to answer a question about his thoughts on “life beyond Earth.” “I don’t know and I don’t presume to know. What I know is there is life here on Earth and that we’re not attending to life here on Earth,” said Obama. When he did an interview in 2015 with Bill Simmons for GQ, he had more to say about UFOs.
“People always ask me about Roswell and the aliens and UFOs, and it turns out the stuff going on that’s top secret isn’t nearly as exciting as you expect,” said Obama. “In this day and age, it’s not as top secret as you’d think.” When Obama was serving as president, the government declassified in excess of 60 documents from the 1960s and 1970s regarding Area 51.
Next: Don’t look out the plane window.
7. Ronald Reagan
Mashable also reported that Ronald Reagan might have seen a UFO in 1974, according to Army Col. John Alexander book UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities. Pilot Bill Paynter was flying with Reagan and other people when the group said it spotted a “big light flying a bit behind the plane.” The light sped up and flew off.
Paynter and Reagan spoke about the experience, according to Alexander’s book, and Reagan also talked about it to The Wall Street Journal, saying, “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.”