Oct 07, 2015 I Paul Seaburn

George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush and UFOs

There’s a story circulating the Internet that former president George H. W. Bush was at a campaign rally for his Republican presidential candidate son, Jeb, when he was asked when the US government would tell Americans the truth about UFOs. His response reportedly was, “Americans can’t handle the truth.” Did this really happen? How do Jeb and his brother, former President George W. Bush, feel about releasing information about UFOs?

To answer the first question, the web site where the story first appeared contains the disclaimer: “All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.” That explains why there are no other accounts of the alleged statement by the former president.

However, if any former president should know about UFO encounters and files, it’s former CIA director George H. W. Bush. At a campaign stop in Arkansas in 1988, Bush was asked what he knew about UFOs and he answered:

I know some. I know a fair amount.

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I know some. I know a fair amount.

He would also know what might happen to anyone who actually reveals secret information to the press or the public. During a presidential debate with Michael Dukakis, he said this:

I am very careful in public life about dealing with classified information.

What about in private with his sons, George W. and Jeb? Perhaps he reassured George W. that UFOs and their alien crews were friendly. That could explain why he didn't panic when, according to reports released under the Freedom of Information Act, a 1,000-foot-wide UFO was seen approaching W’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, in 2008 at 2,100 mph and two more were spotted in airspace near the White House in 2003 and 2005. All were picked up on radar but none were intercepted by military jets. Why not?

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What did they tell Jeb about UFOs?

That brings us to John Ellis “Jeb” Bush - son and brother of presidents and a current presidential candidate. There’s very little information about his experience with UFOs, UFO files or what his elders may have told him. Since he’s considered to be the “smart” son, there’s a good chance he knows quite a bit. Will he talk about it? That’s up to reporters, debate moderators and possible opponents like Hillary Clinton and her adviser, John Podesta.

Oh, and the general public. Let’s start the discussion with the candidates now. Tweet, email, show up at appearances and town hall meetings and ask questions. The worst they can say is:

I am very careful in public life about dealing with classified information.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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