ORLANDO, FL | Joined by his father George H. W. Bush and his brother George W. Bush during Jeb Bush’s latest fundraiser in Orlando this week, George Bush Sr left the large crowd of Jeb Bush partisans uneasy after responding to a question on UFOs by an activist/journalist which the answer took the crowd, and reporters, completely by surprise.
In hope of helping his son’s Jeb Bush struggling presidential campaign, George Bush Sr and former president George W. Bush have been campaigning behind the presidential candidate in hopes of bringing the Bush family’s name once again behind the Oval office, but some experts believe this kind of incident could cost him the race.
During the fundraiser, a man in the crowd raised a strange question which led to an even more surprising response by the former president and CIA director. The man asked George Bush Sr when the US government would tell Americans the truth about UFOs, to which he responded: “Americans can’t handle the truth” before the questioning was briefly halted by organizers of the event.
Oddly enough, it is not the first time George Bush Sr has had a controversial opinion on the UFO subject as a similar incident occurred on March 7, 1988, during a trip to a George Bush for President Rally in Rogers, Arkansas.
The to-be president was then asked, in the advent that he became president, if he would tell Americans the truth about the existence of UFOs, to which Bush replied: “I am very careful in public life about dealing with classified information” he told the reporter.
James Adder, journalist for the Arkansas Globe at the time, also asked about Bush’s knowledge about the UFO phenomena, on behalf of which Bush answered: ” I know some. I know a fair amount” before ending the interview.
A loss of cognitive functions
George Bush Sr which is in a frail state of health, might be suffering from a neurological disorder such as Alzheimer, which could explain his weird comment, believe some experts.
“At the venerable age of 91, it is quite normal to suffer from a loss of cognitive functions. Clear symptoms are a difficulty to express yourself coherently, loss of memory, dementia. This is possibly the root cause for the awkward comments” explains neurologist John O’Briar.
A Jeb Bush campaign spokesman told reporters George Bush Sr’s comments “did not reflect in any way the opinions of presidential candidate Jeb Bush” and that Jeb Bush supporters “are entitled to their own views on a variety of subjects”.