Skip to comments.President Eisenhower Meets the Aliens? (from space, not Mexico)
Posted on 05/30/2009 10:47:29 PM PDT by doug from upland
President Eisenhower Meets the Aliens?
William L. Moore, Gazette, Hollywood, California, March 29, 1989
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Summary: The story about Eisenhower's February 1954 trip to Palm Springs for a winter holiday, and his subsequent late Saturday night disappearance, has fueled rumors that Eisenhower traveled to nearby Edwards Air Force Base to meet with aliens. One of the best recounting of this rumor was done by William Moore a prominent California researcher who traveled to the Eisenhower Library to do research and actually interviewed the wife of one of the key witnesses to the story.
UFOS...EXPLORING THE 'E.T.' PHENOMENON
By William L. Moore
One of the first conclusions an impartial observer must make about the subject of UFOs is that rumors and circumstance play far too great a role in what ought to be a more exacting quest for knowledge. It is just such an observation which once led Dr. Carl Sagan to comment dryly that UFOs "are more a matter for religion and superstition than they are for science."
While this dismissal is perhaps unscientific in its own right, the point is well taken. Attend any gathering of "UFO people" you want, and simply listen. Rumors abound. Perhaps worse, however, is that some of these rumors manage to circulate for years (even decades) without anyone making a reasonable effort to get to the bottom of them.
One of the most persistent of these is a story that President Eisenhower visited Edwards Air Force Base in early 1954, and either viewed the bodies of dead aliens and the wreckage of their craft, or met with live aliens on some sort of diplomatic mission to earth.
The story takes many forms, with the common thread being that Ike mysteriously disappeared one evening while on a vacation to Palm Springs, and that he was spirited to Edwards to view (or meet) aliens. It is said that he returned by dawn and shortly thereafter ordered absolute secrecy about anything having to do with UFOs.
No doubt one of the reasons that this particular rumor has continued to circulate for such a long time is that there are a number of verifiable facts associated with it--some of them rather curious.
For example, President Eisenhower did indeed make a trip to Palm Springs between February 17th and 24th, 1954, and on the evening of Saturday, February 20th, he did disappear! When members of the press learned that the president was not where he should be, rumors ran rampant that he had either died or was seriously ill.
The story even managed to get onto a press wire before being killed moments later. To quell the fuss, White House Press Secretary James Haggerty called an urgent late evening press conference to announce "solemnly" that the president had been enjoying fried chicken earlier that evening, had knocked a cap off a tooth, and had been taken to a local dentist for treatment.
When Ike turned up as scheduled the next morning for an early church service, the matter seemed ended. Although the Palm Springs trip was billed as a "vacation for the president", the trip appears to have come up rather suddenly.
In addition, it is a matter of record that Ike had returned from a quail shooting vacation in Georgia less than a week before leaving for Palm Springs.
While the incidence of a local dentist being called upon to treat a president of the United States is unusual enough that it should constitute a rather memorable event for those involved, the dentist's widow, in a June, 1979 interview, was curiously unable to recall any specifics relating to her husband's alleged involvement in the affair--not even the time of day it had occurred. Yet her memory appeared flawless when asked to relate details of her and her husband's attendance (by presidential invitation) at a steak fry the following evening, where her husband was introduced as "the dentist who had treated the president".
This would appear to suggest a cover story, the details of which would have easily been repeated at the time, but quite naturally forgotten 25 years later. Research at the Eisenhower Library has uncovered two other facts inconsistent with the dentist story.
The first is that while the library maintains an extensive index of records relating to the president's health, there is no record of any dental work having been performed at all during February, 1954. A file on "Dentists" contains nothing concerning any such incident either. Secondly, there is a large file containing copies of all sorts of acknowledgments which were sent by the White House to people who had something to do with the Palm Springs trip.
There are letters, for example, to people who sent flowers, people who met the airplane, people who had offered to play golf, etc. There is even a thank you letter to the minister who presided over the Sunday service Ike attended. Yet there is no record of any acknowledgment having been sent to "the dentist who treated the president."
If the matter were as routine as Haggerty attempts to make it appear, then the absence of these records seems strangely inconsistent. The rumor of the president's alleged visit to Edwards is not a new one. UFO contactee fringe writers began making unsupported claims about it less than two months after Ike's trip.
So did a bizarre fellow from the Hollywood hills named Gerald Light, who, in an April 16, 1954 letter to the head of a Southern California metaphysical organization, actually claimed to have been at Edwards where he saw Ike, the saucers and the aliens. Light's letter has been controversial for years and copies of it have turned up in all sorts of places, including the National Enquirer.
Investigation into Mr. Light's background, however, turned up the fact that he was an elderly mystic who believed that psychic "out-of-body-experiences" were a logical extension of the reality of life and should be treated as such. In the final analysis, Light's alleged visit to Edwards was just such an experience.
And so the story ends. Clearly something unusual occurred involving the president on the evening of February 20, 1954. Whether it was a trip to the dentist, a trip to see flying saucers, or something altogether different and unrelated, no one can say. It's the stuff rumors are made of.
Well, a headline of
“March 1 - Gunfire in the Capital; three men and a women, all Puerto Rican nationalists, fired gunshots from the gallery of the House of Representatives, wounding five Congressmen. “
He might have been out of town to avoid being a target.....
Were they the ones that were eventually pardoned or commuted by Clinton? Or, did that group come later?
Yep, that is the group, although I don’t know if any who were pardoned took part in that gunfire.
Right. As I think about it, I believe the ones that were pardoned were either fund-raisers or something else, but weren't trigger-men. I think.
The Day After Roswell by the late Col. Philip Corso (US Army, MI)
Eisenhower was one of the last Presidents who also booted aliens out of the United States - illegal aliens.
Not long ago there was an article somewhere indicating a forthcoming gubmint/media effort to show the ufo issue to be “UFOs are real/UFOs are our friends, etc.”
Cannot seem to find that article—anyone see it?
Can we have another pit bull dog bite story?
No UFO's, just deficit's and a damn remarkable life.
A couple of points...
William L. Moore has long been suspected of being a government ‘funnel’ for information that is intended to be made public to gauge the reaction of the populace.
It was Moore that allegedly had the infamous ‘Majestic 12’ documents sent to him from a mysterious source, and it was Moore who authored the book ‘The Philadelphia Experiment’ which was a questionable research effort into the notorious Navy project of the same name, i.e., a primitive stealth project conducted during World War II upon the U.S.S. Eldridge (DE-173), a destroyer escort of the Bostwick class.
Moore has had his hands into many of these controversial areas and as open minded as I am, I take anything he has to say with not a grain, but a BOX of salt.
President Eisenhower was missing for a few hours during a vacation and this is used as "proof" about little green men? Wow. I bet even Bill Clinton never thought of the "I was out visiting space aliens" excuse.
If he went to Edwards, occam’s razor has Eisenhower getting a first hand briefing on the U-2 program at Edwards in 1954.
This trip was right about the time the CIA got the final approval for the program.
It wouldn’t be too surprising to find out that the trip was a chance to see a mock-up or prototype of the U-2.
“I bet even Bill Clinton never thought of the “I was out visiting space aliens””
Monica is a space alien? Wow, I should have guessed that.
Yes, she beamed him up to her space ship and performed all kinds of sexual experiments on him.
They said "Bring your leader to us."
If they did that today, after Obama showed up, they'd laugh in disbelief and go home.
Sorry, I just can't read strained prose like that without my BS meter pegging.
In the copntext of all this UFO stuff, one is forced to wonder, hypothetically, what would happen if, one day, a White House spokesman were simply to announce, “Extraterrestrial life forms have been visiting earth for decades, flying wherever and whenever they please, abducting our citizens for medical experiments and surgically mutilating livestock. There is absolutely nothing we can do about it, their technology is millennia ahead of ours, and any hostile moves on our part might very well result in the utter and complete annihilation of all life on earth. If you are confronted by an alien, therefore, you should simply do whatever he/she/it says to do - there is absolutely nothing we can do to protect or help you.”
IMO, such an announcement would be rather troubling to most people, to say the least; would cast the administration making the announcement in a weak - indeed, impotent - light and to subsequent calls for hearings and even impeachment; and would, forever after, lead to enormous social insecurity - and attendant social unrest - worldwide; i.e., an incremental increase in riots, lawlessness, and suicides, at the very, very least.
It must be considered, therefore, that IF all this UFO hoopla is “on the level,” then it’s not surprising that the government under all administrations has suppressed it for decades.
Indeed, one must expect that NO administration in the foreseeable future will ever put its imprimatur on the existence on earth of extraterrestrial life.