Q: "Can you explain why the Department of Defense has set up a UFO Task Force? ... Mr. President as we wrap up here, are there UFOs?"
Trump: "Well, I'm going to have to check on that. I mean, I have heard that. I heard that two days ago. So, I will check on that. I will take a good, strong look at that."
This is America, 2020. Which means the only people we hate more than people who disagree with us are the people who blame both parties for anything. So what I'm about to say is going to - and I apologize for the inadvertent pun but I'm not going to the thesaurus app to find a different word - alienate everyone. From MAGA hats to #NeverTrumpers, Bernie Bros to ones on Biden's Malarkey Tour, Sean Hannity to Rachel Maddow and everyone in between.
Here it is: Both parties are responsible for the UFO coverup. This is a bipartisan scandal.
To go one step further: Trump is lying when he says he'll look into the existence of the DoD's Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force. And you know how I know? Because before him, Obama lied about it. W. Bush lied about it before him. Clinton lied before him and so on, all the way back in a continuous line through every administration as far as Truman after the Roswell crash in 1947. And possibly even FDR, given the fact Allied bomber crews over Europe reported being followed by glowing objects they nicknamed "Foo Fighters" and thought were a secret German weapon spying on them. The source on that are contemporary reports in the NY Times, so it strains credulity to think Roosevelt wasn't briefed about them.
So you can throw this "I'm gonna look into it" onto the pile of empty promises every U.S. President makes. Like the ones on how we're going to bring the troops home. Not get into nation building. Improve the schools. Win the war on drugs. Clean up Washington. Hide the Rose Garden Easter Eggs where those spoiled little shits can't find them. I remember seeing a bit on "The Daily Show" where Jon Stewart showed a clip of every, single POTUS working "reduce our dependence on foreign oil" into speeches in that exact manner, going all the way back to Eisenhower.
This UFO line is the one of those catch-all phrases. And worse than an empty promise. It's a lie.
Hell, Jimmy Carter didn't do anything in four years. And he was a UAP experiencer. From History Channel:
During the presidential campaign of 1976, Democratic challenger Carter was forthcoming about his belief that he had seen a UFO. He described waiting outside for a Lion’s Club Meeting in Leary, Georgia, to begin, at about 7:30 p.m., when he spotted what he called “the darndest thing I’ve ever seen” in the sky. Carter, as well as 10 to 12 other people who witnessed the same event, described the object as “very bright [with] changing colors and about the size of the moon.” Carter reported that “the object hovered about 30 degrees above the horizon and moved in toward the earth and away before disappearing into the distance.” He later told a reporter that, after the experience, he vowed never again to ridicule anyone who claimed to have seen a UFO.
During the presidential campaign of 1976, Carter promised that, if elected president, he would encourage the government release “every piece of information” about UFOs available to the public and to scientists. After winning the presidency, though, Carter backed away from this pledge, saying that the release of some information might have “defense implications” and pose a threat to national security.
Keep in mind what it was like to publicly admit you'd seen a UFO back then while you're asking people to make you Commander-in-Chief. Though Carter was also someone who also admitted to Playboy that he used to look at women who were not Mrs. Carter and get major boners. Which today would win you five swing states but in 1976 was considered political suicide. Candidate Carter had the courage of his convictions enough to openly discuss those things. But President Carter immediately turtled behind "defense implications." They always do.
My theory is that presidents don't come clean not because they're worried about revealing military secrets or alarming the public. I think they are honestly not told. I believe they're treated like it's above their pay grade. I'm totally serious. I read Lt. Col. Phillip J. Corso's book "The Day After Roswell," and he made it clear Truman knew, but it was the early days of the Cold War and so it went no further. But since then, POTUS has been as in the dark as much as President Whitmore in "Independence Day." The bureaucracy doesn't brief the President because they don't want him to know. There's no upside for them. That's how powerful and entrenched they are.
Which, now that I reread that last paragraph, makes me want to say how much I appreciate and admire the fine work the DoD does to keep us safe. So there's no reason at all to silence me or give me hallucinogens that make me rant about being abducted and rectally probed. No reason at all. I'm just a grateful citizen who thanks them for their service.
But mark my words, you'll never get a straight answer to this question before or after the election, no matter who wins.