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President Jimmy Carter's UFO sighting and promise to release classified information

Before coming President, Jimmy Carter has his very own experience with a UFO, he promised his followers that if he got into the Whitehouse he would release any information that the US government had on UFOs, however, he failed to deliver.

Jimmy Carter and aliens
President Jimmy Carter had his own experience with a UFO and promised the people he would find out the truth

Prior to Jimmy Carter becoming the governor of Georgia or the president of the USA, he was your typical small town guy who owned a peanut farm in Georgia. This image gave even more credibility to what became known as the Jimmy Carter UFO incident, which came out to the public during the 1976 presidential election campaign.

Jimmy Carter has always honoured his claim that he did indeed see a UFO in Georgia back in 1969, however, he has been extremely careful not to say that he believed it could have potentially been an alien spacecraft. Jimmy Carter filed an official report about his UFO experience in 1973, whilst still being the governor of Georgia. He stated that his own personal experience had allowed him to give much more respect for others who had also claimed to witness a UFO in the skies.

He made a bold claim to the American people, promising them that if he was elected as president, he would release all of the information regarding UFOs that the government held.

What did Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States see on that day of his UFO encounter?

Back in October 1969, future president, Jimmy Carter was in the small town of Leary, Georgia, outside of a Lions Club meeting. At around 7:30pm he caught his first glimpse of the UFO, which in his own words he called "the darndest thing I've ever seen."

Jimmy Carter UFO sighting in Georgia
Downtown Leary in Georgia where Jimmy Carter saw the UFO

Jimmy Carter wasn't the only witness to this UFO, about twenty other people came forward and confirmed that they also saw the event, they all described it as a "very bright changing colours and about the size of the moon."

September, 18, 1973 Jimmy Carter filed his UFO sighting with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), Carter went on to say that the object he saw appeared to have no mass, but claimed that it hovered in the air for approximately ten minutes before disappearing. He said that during the time he saw it, it cycled from a bright blue orb, to red, and white and then vanished quickly into the distance.

“There were about twenty of us standing outside of a little restaurant, I believe, a high school lunchroom,” he said. “And a kind of green light appeared in the western sky. This was right after sundown. It got brighter and brighter. And then it eventually disappeared.”

Jimmy Carter said that after the event he didn't give it much more thought until it was brought up at his presidential campaign trail.

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The 1969 moon landing captured the imagination of the world at the time

The 1969 moon landing captured the imagination of people all over the world and led to a boom in the interest in the potential of alien life and UFOs.

By the 1976 presidential campaign, the questions on UFOs were certainly taking centre stage with an influx of questions regarding the subject being fired at presidential candidates.

Strangely enough, Jimmy Carter's and his presidential rival, Republican nominee, Gerald Ford has his own experiences within the UFO field.

In 1966, Gerald Ford, who was at the time a Congressman from Michigan, was answering questions from his party about some recent UFO sightings that had been reported.

“Are we to assume that everyone who says he has seen UFOs is an unreliable witness? I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment on this subject,” Ford said.

In later discussions Gerald Ford told the public that he had taken a "special interest" in the Michigan sightings, so much that he had even requested the Armed Services Committee of the House to convene a meeting to discuss in the incident.

Gerald Ford's request never got fulfilled but the subject once again took centre stage when he ran against Jimmy Carter in 1976.

With Jimmy Carter having his own UFO experience he brought his own evidence up as proof during the presidential campaign.

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Jimmy Carter promised the American people he would disclose all the files on UFOs

“One thing’s for sure, I’ll never make fun of people who say they’ve seen unidentified objects in the sky,” Carter said.

“If I become president, I’ll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public, and the scientists. I am convinced that UFOs exist because I’ve seen one.”

Throughout his presidency, Jimmy Carter continued to show his interest in UFOs and even promised to look into the Roswell incident and reveal any potential cover-ups by the government, this however, never came to fruition.

A massive spin on Jimmy Carter and his UFO revelation to the public came when an unconfirmed account made the claim that the then CIA director George Herbert Walker Bush "told him the full truth" in regards to what the government knew and was hiding about UFOs. It is reported that Carter was reduced to tears through that meeting, although no corroboration of this meeting actually taking place is proven and following this alleged meeting Jimmy Carter has always denied any knowledge of extra-terrestrial life and quickly went quiet on the whole subject of UFOs in general. Jimmy Carter, whilst in the role of acting president of the United States also released no information on UFOs as he promised he would if he was to become president. Did Jimmy find out the truth and was told not to tell the public? We don't know, however, no one can deny that is does raise suspicion when a man seems so set on releasing information suddenly backtracks.

Is it the case that Bob Lazar was telling the truth, and the US government know much more about UFOs than they are letting on.

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