November 2nd, 2007
04:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Former president discusses UFO experience

Watch President Carter's interview on CNN's American Morning Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich caused heads to turn earlier this week when he acknowledged he once saw a UFO.

But if elected to the White House, Kucinich wouldn't be the first president to have such an encounter.

"When I was back as a peanut farmer in southwest Georgia, I and about 25 others saw something in the air that changed colors and was round and came and left," former President Jimmy Carter said in an interview with CNN’s John Roberts on American Morning. "We couldn't figure out what it was."

But while he couldn't identify the object, Carter said he doesn't think it was space aliens.

"It was unidentified as far as we were concerned, but I think it's impossible in my opinion, some people disagree, to have space people from other planets or other stars to come to us - I don't think that's possible," he said.

At Tuesday's presidential debate, NBC’s Tim Russert asked Kucinich, a congressman from Ohio, about a recent account from actress Shirley MacLaine that he saw a UFO at her home in Washington State.

“It was an unidentified flying object, OK? It's, like, it's unidentified. I saw something," Kucinich responded.

Related: A UFO lands in the '08 White House race

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Dennis Kucinich • Jimmy Carter
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Lisa Joy, Queens Viilage NY

    This discussion on "UFO's" is coming up at a time when we should be concerned with the identified flying objects like bombs, and bullets in Iraq. What is wrong with the media? Is there not enough famine, poverty, human abuse, Global warming, dying polar bears (due to the ice melting)-sea levels rising etc.-Opra Winfrey's African school child abuse issue....etc., etc., to talk about-then to ponder the musings of ex-presidents, and presidentcial hopefuls on "UFO"S? I've seen what appeared to be shooting stars, halos, etc.-so what? If this stuff could save others...then I am all for it-if the presdent, and those running for the office of president are "seeing things"-either get them some glasses or some stress managment or both!

    November 3, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Terry, El Paso, TX

    President Carter may not have been the most skillful President in history, but he also struggled with problems that might have brought down even the greatest of presidents. There is no need to review his presidency and evaluate how he might have chosen other options that might have been more successful. That would not change anyone's mind.

    But, he is obviously and undeniably an intelligent, good man: patriotic, honest, and interested in the welfare of everyone on earth. He is a good Christian for what that is worth because I am not generally impressed with the goodness of church goers. He doesn't lie and to the best of my knowledge he doesn't hallucinate.

    What he says he saw was something I would have seen if I had been there with him at the time, I am sure. The smaller, more mischevious spirits among us enjoy taking potshots at better men.

    November 3, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. John, West Chester PA

    ...He ate one too many peanuts..

    November 3, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Anonymous, VA


    I'm sure Carter beat the killer rabbit ONLY after consulting with Amy.

    You're right, what a complete idiot!

    November 5, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Travis Coats

    It's funny how many of you hold an absolutist-skeptical view on this subject. You need to brush up on you archeology reading, as well as your modus operandi of thinking. The "ad hominem" statements do not make evidence disappear, and while there are many on the net and in the news who deliberately spread garbage, the history will never wash away. Read some of your cherished doctrines, and see the many indicators within.


    January 28, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
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