George Bush Sr., the former President of the United States, is busy these days campaigning for his son Jeb Bush’s presidential candidature. Jeb was organizing a fundraiser this week in Orlando.

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. An activist/journalist asked Bush when the US government is going to reveal the truth about UFO’s to the Americans.

George Sr. responded by saying, “Americans can’t handle the truth”. The crowd and reporters were stunned into silence with this answer. They were taken completely by surprise. Everyone in the large crowd was clearly feeling uneasy with Bush’s answer. Organizers of the event even had to briefly halt the questioning.

Some experts are saying that the 91 year old Senior Bush is suffering from a loss of cognitive functions. He is in a state of frail health, and might be suffering from a neurological disorder like Alzheimer, which could explain his weird comment. At his age, it is quite normal to suffer from a loss of cognitive functions, they are saying.

However interestingly, this is not the first time George Bush Sr. has expressed a controversial opinion on the subject of UFOs.

During the 1988 presidential campaign, James Adder, journalist for the Arkansas Globe asked him about the existence of UFOs, to which Bush replied, “I know some. I know a fair amount”. The interview was cut short at this time. Then in another debate with Dukakis, he said, “I am very careful in public life about dealing with classified information”.

George Bush Sr. was the US Vice President at that time and had access to classified information.

Of all the Presidents that have been faced with the UFO problem, George Bush is probably the best qualified to have been given the secret. He spent a year as Director of Central Intelligence, the head of the entire United States Intelligence Community for President Ford. Then as DCI, he was in charge of giving intelligence briefings to Jimmy Carter during his transition to the Presidency in 1976.

It has often been said that the United States knows a lot more about the UFO’s than what it tells the public. Information is classified as those in the government believe that Americans cannot handle the truth.

Is Bush’s latest statement another proof of this? We may never know.

Niladri Bose is a Post Graduate in Mass Communication and former journalist. Niladri writes on economic and political issues, finance, healthcare, social and Internet trends.