High Strangeness: The Obama/UFO/Cheez-It Connection

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Obama/UFO/Cheez-It Connection

I follow a great blog on dailykos.com called The Week in UFO Phenomenon,
and this week's topic really caught my eye: "UFO Sightings Increase 67 Percent During the Obama Administration"

The blogger, Adept2u, excerpts an article from the Huffington Post in which MUFON International Director Clifford Clift (Cliff Clift, I kid you not) is quoted as saying, "Over the past year, we've been averaging 500 sighting reports a month, compared to about 300 three years ago." That's a pretty remarkable increase in sightings, and it begs an explanation.

Unfortunately, the HuffPost article never goes there, perhaps because it's in the "Weird News" section, and weird news just doesn't merit any deeper analysis. Instead the article veers off into a long promo for a new History Channel documentary about UFO sightings, and leaves the Obama-UFO connection completely behind.

Why have UFO sightings increased 67 percent since Obama became president, and why don't The Huffington Post or The History Channel care? Is there a causal connection between Obama's presidency and the increased visibility of UFOs, or is it mere coincidence? Here's one possible explanation: there is a long-standing theme in science fiction literature about aliens waiting for us earthlings to achieve a certain level of intelligence and maturity before they reveal themselves to us. It's like the Cheez-It commercials where the Cheez-It man patiently waits until the big cheddar wheel stops cracking juvenile jokes and starts acting like an adult before he'll approve the cheese for use in his crackers. In this case, we're the wheel of cheddar, and the UFO occupants are the Cheez-It man... What if they have been patiently waiting until we elected a brilliant, humane, mature wheel of cheddar before showing themselves? What if now is the time for them to come forward and invite us into the Galactic community, which in this analogy would be the equivalent of baking us into their cheese crackers?

As much as that explanation appeals to me, I have to consider the unpleasant alternative: that there is no Cheez-It connection, and the increase in UFO sightings is a reflection of an unprecedented level of anxiety in the world today. Not to say that that anxiety has been caused solely by Obama's election; I think it's a much bigger, much more complicated dynamic than that. But I think maybe the aliens are alarmed that we haven't yet reached the level of maturity they've expected of humanity. Maybe UFOs are showing up more often because they're worried about us.

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