By Frank WarrenTwo monumental things took place last night in regards to Ufology; one was a very positive, admirable, promising and hopeful act in regards to the subject that has happened in quite some time. The other was yet another blow to research, and “how” the public views the issue.
The “former” was the fact that during a “presidential debate” a question concerning “Unidentified Flying Objects” was interjected into the dialogue. Here’s the colloquy that followed with moderator, “Tim Russert” and candidate, “Congressman Dennis Kucinich”:
MR. RUSSERT: Congressman Kucinich, I want to move to a different area, because this is a serious question.For a spilt second even though there was “expected” laughter from the audience, Russert framed the question as a “serious one” this could have been read as “mild sarcasm” or could have been taken very sincerely, and all of it depended on the response.
The godmother of your daughter, Shirley MacLaine, writes in her new book that you've cited a UFO over her home in Washington state -- (laughter) -- that you found the encounter extremely moving, that it was a triangular craft silent and hovering, that you felt a connection to your heart and heard direction in your mind.
Now, did you see a UFO? (Laughter.)
Having watched the debate myself, I took a breath at this moment, as time seem to slow down; my mind was reeling in regards to what was going to be a monumental “UFO moment!” We were about to hear a “presidential candidate” address millions of Americans, not only about the subject of UFOs, but the fact that he has seen one himself! Not just the garden variety “light in the sky,” but an actual “triangular shaped craft!”
I anticipated Kucinich exalting the seriousness of the matter, and pledging “government” disclosure when elected as president! He was going to briefly inform the American public about the seriousness of the matter, and prompt his colleagues to follow suit. This was clearly one of the most “beneficial events” to take place in recent UFO history! Then the “latter” took place (first paragraph).
Kucinich didn’t take advantage of the moment; he did something very uncharacteristic of his nature; he followed “the old party line,” a line that both Republicans and Democrats share (one of few). He made light of the subject! He missed the boat! He aided the enemy (ignorance)!
Here is his reply:
MR. RUSSERT: Now, did you see a UFO? (Laughter.)Opportunity missed, is opportunity lost! Sadly today, these comments are fodder for newspapers nation wide, and each are putting their own spin on Russert’s questions as well as Kucinich’s reply.
REP. KUCINICH: I did. And the rest of the account -- (interrupted by laughter) -- I didn't -- I -- it was unidentified flying object, okay. It's like -- it's unidentified. I saw something.
Now, to answer your question, I'm moving my -- and I'm also going to move my campaign office to Roswell, New Mexico and another one, an extra, to New Hampshire, okay. (Laughter.) And also, you have to keep in mind that more -- that Jimmy Carter saw a UFO, and also that more people in this country have seen UFOs than, I think, approve of George Bush's presidency. (Laughter.)
The Washington Post erroneously wrote:
"’Shirley MacLaine writes in her new book that you sighted a UFO over her home in Washington state,’" Russert said, ‘that you found the encounter extremely moving, that it was a triangular craft, silent and hovering, that you felt a connection to your heart and heard directions in your mind.’
Kucinich said yes, all of that was true.
And he defended it as a solid policy position . . ..”
This is incorrect to be polite, he didn’t say, “’all’ of that was true, ” and sadly he didn’t defend it as a “solid policy decision.” Of course we must expect more of the distortions, as this story rolls on.
Unfortunately, we Ufologists have become accustomed to culling the positive from these types of proceedings; we know Kucinich had a sighting, and although he chose not to take this opportunity to “raise the bar” regarding the subject, he can’t and isn’t “denying” what took place. Moreover, his experience precipitated the subject of UFOs being addressed at a forum, which will help elect the next president of the United States of America; for those of us that pay attention, this must be our solace.