Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sept. 18, 1973: Carter files report on UFO sighting

While checking my sources for interesting little historical tidbits associated with particular dates, I ran across this interesting, little known, fact about one of our resent Presidents....

Did you know that on this day in 1973, future President Jimmy Carter filed a report with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), claiming he had seen an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) in October 1969? Well, yep, he sure did...

During the presidential campaign of 1976, Democratic challenger Carter described waiting outside for a Lion's Club Meeting in Leary, Georgia, to begin, at about 7:30 p.m., when he spotted what he called "the darndest thing I've ever seen" in the sky. Carter described the object as "very bright [with] changing colors and about the size of the moon." Carter reported that "the object hovered about 30 degrees above the horizon and moved in toward the earth and away before disappearing into the distance." He later told a reporter that, after the experience, he vowed never again to ridicule anyone who claimed to have seen a UFO.

During the presidential campaign of 1976, Carter promised that, if elected president, he would encourage the government release "every piece of information" about UFOs available to the public and to scientists.

In spite of this revelation, Carter did win the election. After winning the presidency, though, Carter backed away from his pledge, saying that the release of some information might have "defense implications" and pose a threat to national security.

No, I am not making this up. And, yes, it does explain a lot about President Carter, doesn't it?

Live Long and Prosper...

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