Take me to your leader.
That's what you hear in classic sci-fi movies when the little green men land. But those words are also apropos in this election season. When the 2016 presidential race ends, what leader will those ETs be taken to?
We're not saying that otherworldly beings are getting behind a candidate just yet, but a UFO was reported following Donald Trump's helicopter earlier this month at the Iowa State Fair.
Of course, just because an object in the sky can't be immediately identified, it doesn't mean we're being visited by ETs. There's probably a perfectly humdrum explanation for whatever it was trailing America's foremost reality TV billionaire. But until officials know for sure, we'll file it under UFO.
Trump was at the fair Aug. 15, offering kids a free ride on his chopper. At 1 p.m., an onlooker snapped a picture (see above) that later revealed an unusual-looking object in the sky.
"We were walking down the street to the fair. Donald Trump's helicopter was flying overhead so I got my phone out and snapped a picture," according to an unnamed witness who submitted the photo, which became Case 69530 in the Mutual UFO Network database.
MUFON is a nonprofit organization in California that records and investigates sightings worldwide.
"It was very hard to see the helicopter because of the glare on the screen. Later on that day when I was sitting in the shade I got my phone out to see how my picture had come out. That's when I noticed the object in the photo." (see enlargement of object below.)
OpenMinds.TV reports that the Iowa chapter of MUFON is investigating the case to determine if the UFO in question might have been another helicopter or a bird, or something else.
Why might ETs be fascinated with Trump? Let's just blame President Obama. That's what Republicans tend to do, anyway.
At the 2011 White House Correspondents dinner, as controversy over the authenticity of the president's birth certificate swirled, Obama addressed "The Apprentice" star directly ... and sarcastically.
"Did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell?" Obama asked, trying to conflate conspiracy theories about his supposed Kenyan birth with alleged UFO coverups.
Throughout this video sequence, Trump is clearly not amused:
Of course, Trump isn't the only candidate in this race, though, given the excessive coverage he gets, that sometimes bears mentioning.
UFOs are swirling around the Clintons -- yes, both of them.
Last year, former President Bill Clinton told Jimmy Kimmel (see video below) that he actually tried to find out what was going on at Area 51, the top secret military base north of Las Vegas. According to many UFO activists, that's where clandestine U.S. military groups have hidden remnants of crashed flying saucers.
Clinton also said he looked into the story of whether or not a UFO crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947:
Hillary Clinton's current bid to take up residency again in the White House includes a highly intriguing and credible UFO connection -- John Podesta.
Podesta -- who served as Bill Clinton's chief of staff -- has often publicly encouraged the Washington powers-that-be to reveal the truth about unexplained UFO cases, as seen in this 2002 video:
In February 2015, Podesta completed a year as senior advisor to Obama. On his final day in that position, he tweeted: "My biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the disclosure of the UFO files."
Shortly after that tweet, Hillary Clinton hired Podesta as chairman of her second presidential pursuit. In a Clinton pre-campaign story back in April, independent news outlet Mother Jones reported how UFO activists were excited with the possibility that Podesta might have the UFO-friendly ear of another Clinton in the White House.
According to Mother Jones:
Asked for clarification of Hillary Clinton's stance on UFO disclosure, a spokesman from her office responded via email. 'Our non-campaign has a strict policy of not commenting on extraterrestrial activity,' [Clinton press secretary] Nick Merrill wrote. 'BUT, the Truth Is Out There.'