Presidents

2021

What is true, and I’m actually being serious here, is that there are, there’s footage and records of objects in the skies, that we don’t know exactly what they are. We can’t explain how they moved, their trajectory. They did not have an easily explainable pattern. And so, you know, I think that people still take seriously trying to investigate and figure out what that is.

— Barack Obama
US President (D)

2020

I won’t talk to you about what I know about [Roswell], but it’s very interesting… [Asked by his son to declassify it]… Well, I’ll have to think about that one.

— Donald Trump
US President (R)
Jun 19, 2020

2014

I did attempt to discover if there were any secret government documents that reveal things, and if there were, they were concealed from me too. I wouldn’t be the first president that underlings had lied to or career bureaucrats have waited out. There may be some career person sitting around somewhere hiding these dark secrets even from elected presidents, but if so they successfully eluded me and I am almost embarrassed to tell you I did try to find out.

— Bill Clinton
US President (D)
Jan 1, 2014

1990

The phenomenon of UFOs is real. I know that there are scientific organizations which study the problem. It must be treated seriously.

— Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet President
May 4, 1990

1976

I don’t laugh at people any more when they say they’ve seen UFOs. It was the darndest thing I’ve ever seen. It was big, it was very bright, it changed colors and it was about the size of the moon. We watched it for ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was. One thing’s for sure I’ll never make fun of people who say they’ve seen unidentified objects in the sky. If I become President, I’ll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and the scientists.

— Jimmy Carter
US President
Jan 1, 1976

1974

I looked out the window and saw this white light. It was zigzagging around. I went up to the pilot and said, have you ever seen anything like that? He was shocked and he said, “Nope.” And I said to him: “Let’s follow it!” We followed it for several minutes. It was a bright white light. We followed it to Bakersfield, and all of a sudden to our utter amazement it went straight up into the heavens. When I got off the plane I told Nancy all about it.

— Ronald Reagan
US President
Jan 1, 1974

1966

…I strongly recommend that there be a committee investigation of the UFO phenomena. I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment on this subject.

— Gerald Ford
US President
Mar 28, 1966

1950

I can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on earth.

— Harry S. Truman
US President
Apr 4, 1950