John Podesta, former senior advisor to Barack Obama, former Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton, and future chair of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is offering some reflections on his most recent stint in the White House.
Number one on the list — aliens:
Podesta was out of the big-time politics game briefly early in the Bush years, and lent his considerable prestige to a coalition pushing the oddball cause of greater disclosure of federal information about UFOs:
Soon afterwards, he founded the Center for American Progress which quickly emerged as a key pillar of center-left infrastructure in Washington. I worked for a while at CAP, and can testify that while there were a lot of in-house jokes about Podesta and UFOs (including an alien-themed holiday party one December) there was approximately zero institutional effort expended on the cause.
But in a personal capacity, Podesta continued to lend a hand. He participated in a couple of UFO-themed TV shows and wrote the forward to a book about UFOs that was published in 2010.
Then he went back to the White House where, once again, there was no progress on the UFO disclosure front. It's genuinely too bad. As a former Chief of Staff, Podesta presumably has had access to highly classified information and knows what he's talking about when he says the public deserves to know what's in these files. I hope — though I don't actually expect — that he'll use his influence in the emerging Clinton campaign to push this in a more serious way.