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The search turned up no evidence of E.T. — but Clinton said he wouldn’t rule out that aliens exist.
“If we were visited someday I wouldn’t be surprised,” he said. “I just hope that it’s not like ‘Independence Day.’ ”
The issue of extraterrestrial life came up when Kimmel declared that if he were to become President, he would immediately “demand to see all the classified files on the UFOs.”
“Did you do that?” Kimmel asked.
“Sort of,” Clinton smiled.
He said he asked for the review at the beginning of his second term, after “Independence Day” came out and as the 50th anniversary of an alleged UFO crash in Roswell, N.M., approached.
“First, I had people go look at the records on Area 51 to make sure there was no alien down there,” Clinton said, referring to the top-secret section of a Nevada Air Force base. “But there are no aliens there,” Clinton said.
“When the Roswell thing came up, I knew we’d get gazillions of letters, so I had all the Roswell papers reviewed, everything.”
“If you saw that there were aliens there, would you tell us?” Kimmel asked.
“Yeah,” Clinton said, smiling.
“So, what do we know?” the former President continued on Wednesday night’s show.
“We know there are billions of stars and planets, literally, out there. And the universe is getting bigger,” he said. “In the last two years, more than 20 planets have been identified outside our solar system that seem to be far enough away from their suns and dense enough that they might be able to support some form of life, so it makes it increasingly less likely that we’re alone.”
Clinton joked that a visit by aliens might be “the only way to unite us in this incredibly divided” world. “If they’re out there, we better think of how all the differences among people on Earth would seem small if we felt threatened by a space invader. That’s the whole theory of ‘Independence Day.’ Everybody gets together and makes nice.”
After reading the other reader comments, some of which seemed serious, others not serious, I posted:
Whatever politics are/are not involved, I have seen a spaceship, which put on an air show I seriously doubt could have been performed by any earth human aircraft, so I don’t wonder if ETs exist, any more than I wonder if angels exist after having daily experiences with them for a long time. Clinton is right, given the billions and billions of stars, the odds are slim there are no life forms beyond this planet. In fact, the statistical odds of there not being life elsewhere are zero. Imagine the impact on the world’s religions and on national governments and on most earth humans, if a fleet of spaceships arrived in this planet’s atmosphere and then positioned themselves directly over the capitol of each major country, and started broadcasting in, say, Morse Code, or in each country’s language, whatever the aliens wanted to broadcast. Pandemonium?
Suppose even they were friendly aliens, not Independence Day types. How would they be received, do you suppose? Would major corporate CEO’s try to make business deals with them? Would national military and intelligence agencies try to make deals with them? Perhaps most interesting, what would religious leaders do with aliens? I’m getting on up here in years, now 71. I sent Bill Clinton a novel I had written, which was about an alien colony living on this world in disguise as humans – from the Pleiades those aliens. He wrote back thanking me for the book.
I wrote back, Clinton was still Governor of Arkansas, had won the Democratic nomination but had not yet won the US presidency, saying if he got the presidency, because he had opposed the Vietnam war, it would be his mission to make a national US apology to Vietnam for that war, which he did during his second term. I figured that is why he was Teflon every time the Republicans tried to get him. I thought he was a pretty good president and have not cared for any presidents since him.