by Taylor Leonard
Despite the US government’s tight-lipped approach to unidentified flying objects and the possibility of extraterrestrial life, US presidents have a history of being publicly curious about the possibility of alien visitors. Jimmy Carter reported seeing a UFO while campaigning to become Governor of Georgia. Ronald Reagan warned the world about the threat of extraterrestrial invasion during a United Nations speech in 1987. Bill Clinton allegedly had his aides dig up anything they could find regarding alien technology and specimens from the Roswell incident being held at Area 51. Barack Obama laughingly told a late night audience once that if aliens were in fact interacting with Earthly affairs, our leaders would be too clever to let the secret get out on its own — quite the intellectual reply, Mr. President.
Weirdly, Kimmel asked him the exact same question — word for word — that he asked former president Bill Clinton when he was on the show.
The Democratic Party front runner for president, Hillary Clinton, recently had something to add to the aliens discussion. In January, the former Secretary of State and US Senator told a New Hampshire paper she promises to “get to the bottom” of claims the government conceals knowledge of extraterrestrial life from the public. When asked about her own personal thoughts as to whether or not the Earth has been visited by aliens, former Secretary Clinton replied, “I think we may have been. We don’t know for sure.”
Does this mean Hillary Clinton would take steps to declassify government documents pertaining to UFOs? John Podesta, Chairman of the Clinton 2016 presidential campaign and former Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton during his second term, believes this to be the case. When asked by CNN reporter Jake Tapper what Clinton plans to do about whether or not the government knows of aliens, should she be elected president, Podesta responded by saying, “What I’ve talked to the secretary about, and what she’s said now in public, is that if she’s elected president, when she gets into office, she’ll ask for as many records as the United States federal government has to be declassified, and I think that’s a commitment that she intends to keep and that I intend to hold her to.”
Tapper then asked if Podesta knows of proof pointing to alien life, to which the chairman replied, “That’s for the public to judge once they’ve seen all the evidence that the U.S. government has.”
An important but peripheral component of the Democratic Party machine for decades, Podesta has been calling for the declassification of government records pertaining to Area 51 and extraterrestrial life since 2002. According to the campaign chair in his interview with CNN, “The American people can handle the truth.”
As of now, the official White House stance regarding government secrets about UFOs and aliens is that “the U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.”