November 2nd, 2007
04:10 PM ET
13 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. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    OK, even as a conservative, even I have to ask, is the RNC writing these headlines/stories???

    This is just too good to be true.

    I can already imagine the funny photo montage that will apprear on on Monday.

    November 2, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Arkay, MI

    Did President Carter of Kucinich claim to have communicate with the aliens in the UFOs like the current president who was told by God to strike Iraq? Why is this news worthy? CNN focus on the issues !!

    November 2, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. john w

    we all know that jimmy is and always will be known as the worst President ever, but he keeps proving that he is an even worse ex-president. PLEASE go AWAY and leave America alone..

    November 2, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Chris San Francisco, CA

    Even if Carter saw aliens, they could not have been searching for intelligent life on Earth if they were anywhere near this one-term joke.

    November 2, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. BIll, Miami, Florida

    Melissa - If you think that Carter was one of the best presidents we ever had, you need your head examined. I am a lifelong Democrat and have never voted Republican but that guy is one sandwich short of a picnic. He is possibly even a worse ex-President than he was President but at least he is now more easily dismissed as a demented, loony and senile old man.

    November 2, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. JJ, Los Angeles, California

    My problem with Kucinich's UFO sighting isn't so much that he experienced a "connection" of some kind. I have a much bigger problem that he was hanging out at Shirley McClaine's house at the time.

    November 2, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Posted By Bob, San Francisco, CA : November 2, 2007 1:31 pm

    Bob from Califreakenfornia, you can believe in whatever you want, no problem at this address, but do not demean the beliefs of others to make some type of point.

    It is better to be perceived a fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

    November 2, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Robert, Shelton CT

    People read the title and then comment its sad. I do believe Kucinich believes it was aliens...while Carter, who is sensible, just says he doesn't know what the hell it was.

    I can't identify certain things in the sky, I don't think they're aliens, I just can't tell what they are, but I figure they must be hot air balloons.

    November 2, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Eric - Phoenix, AZ

    Jimmy Carter thinks he saw "something", ok, but thinks it's impossible it could have been alien life form. Huh!?! What a narrow minded way to think. Does he or anyone else truly believe we are all alone. This coming from a man that was attacked by not only an enraged rabbit but a swimming one too. Now, what's more likely, Carter being attacked by a killer rabbit while he was fishing in a boat or space aliens visiting a planet that is the size of a dust particle in the grand scheme of things?

    November 2, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. jw, canadian,ok

    I can tell the Carter hypocrites, the man could give a flying farkle less what you post.

    November 2, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Teresa Milwork, NJ

    The MAJOR difference, Jimmy, is that Dennis Kucinich not only saw a UFO – but that he also heard messages from it.

    I certainly hope Dennis will soon share with us all the special message he received from the aliens!!

    November 2, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Fred, Portland, Oregon

    The video link doesn't work–i.e., browser brings up a new page with a video pane that is inert.

    This is common with most of CNN video features.

    November 2, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Neill C., Montgomery, Al

    Carter's a loon just like Kucinich. They just need Ron Paul to join the club to make them a modern day Three Stooges.

    November 2, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Bill, Solon, Ohio

    Figures they send the peanut farmer to save that nut job kucinich.

    November 2, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Jeff, Schaumburg, IL

    If you're more likely to believe
    "Mission Accomplished", "They're jealous of our freedoms", or "We've found the WMD" than you are to believe there may be alien aircraft in our skies, then your thinking capacity must be questioned.

    People who believe, without question, that which is known for a fact to be untrue are surely crazier than those who believe something unknown is possible. However, one thing we all know, is that Neocon supporters are incapable of thinking on their own. Now run along and be good sheeple.

    November 2, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. ET, Seattle, WA

    Round, and to the went to the left....thats not a UFO, that's Hillary Clinton!

    November 2, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Tyrese Williams Savannah, George

    It's a known fact that Jimmy Carter, Ron Paul, and Dennnis Kucinich are from another planet. All you need to do is listen to them speak and you will be convinced they are all from a galaxy, far, far away. 🙂

    November 2, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Louise, New Orleans, LA

    Question for all Presidential candidates. "What will be your national policy on the Nevada Test Site?" Skeptics - Go visit Rachel or Mercury, NV.

    November 2, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    Okay, Melissa, Carter may not be crazy, but he was far and away one of the worst presidents (except Bush) in recent American history. Don't know how old you are, but you need to reread the Chapter 1976-1980 in you rhistory book.

    November 2, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Bill, St. Louis, MO

    Another NON STORY by CNN.
    WOW.........more wasted space.

    November 2, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Ryan Indianapolis

    Why is this traitor in the news again???Oh yea he says he saw a UFO while smoking a blunt with Willie Nelson on the top of White House...This man by far is the worst President in our history . George W has more class and guts then this guy ever had.

    November 2, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Jim Topeka, KS

    Gee, so many harping over such a little thing. Our government investigated UFOs for over 50 years and came to no real conclusions.

    What is a UFO, if you see something in the sky (flying), it has what appears to be physical mass (object) and you can not tell what it is, you have an unidentified flying object. Get off it you dont need to be nuts to see something in the sky and not be able to tell what it is.

    November 2, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Karen Saucedo, Novato California

    The caustic comments really irk me.
    I saw something in 1979 and reported it and it went into the records and one of the "un-explained" cases. It was a softly glowing green orb hovering over the fields off I-5 in central California. It shot from almost a dead stop to about 1500 mph in a snap. When you see something like that it doesn't leave you with much but to report it and wonder. That doesn't make us liars or wierdos. It just makes us one of many, many people who have seen these things.

    November 2, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Krusty in Ottawa

    Well BUSH saw WMD in Iraq, and Axis of Evil in NK and Iran, etc and yet few recognize him for being a bit off the wall!

    UFOs are mild in comparison, they are not sinking your country deeper into debt.

    November 2, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Phil Smith, Denver, Colorado

    Seeing a UFO is not that big a deal as far as I am concerned when evaluating a candidate for office. The media just loves to blow this kind of thing up and make the candidate (in this case, Kucinich) look ridiculous (MSNBC's Chris Matthews did exactly that). I would rather support a smart guy who saw a UFO admit to it than a guy who believes in Mormonism, frankly. Check out what Mormons believe (or Christians and Muslims, for that matter) and tell me what you think sounds silly or strange. UFOs pale in comparison to religious doctrine.

    November 2, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
1 2 3 4