ON THIS DAY IN UFOLOGY
On January 6, 1969, Jimmy Carter–well before becoming President of the United States–watched a UFO with approximately twenty-five other witnesses. He later filled out a formal report, and he speaks about the incident openly:
“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.”
On at least one occasion while campaigning for the presidency he declared that, if elected, he would “make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and scientists.”
Once he took office, he allegedly faced enormous institutional resistance to the declassification of UFO documents, and ultimately had very little success.