Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are reportedly holding separate ‘disinformation’ conferences next week, coincidentally timed almost immediately after Donald Trump’s expected Presidential campaign announcement on Tuesday.
Sources close to Trump insist that his announcement will be the launch of a 2024 presidential campaign.
Bush, the following day, will host his The Struggle for Freedom conference in Dallas which will involve a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Obama, meanwhile, will be hosting a ‘democracy’ conference in New York City on the 17th.
Organizers tell the Daily Mail that the Bush and Obama conferences were not planned together and will “focus on the rising threats from authoritarianism and disinformation.”
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) November 13, 2022
Bush and Obama Battling Disinformation Following Trump’s Announcement
Bush and Obama battling disinformation in the era of Trump is super-rich considering they are closely associated with some of the biggest lies in political history.
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Obama won distinction with Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” in 2013 when he repeatedly lied Obamacare into existence by telling Americans: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan … If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
And don’t get me started on the ‘Benghazi was the result of a YouTube video’ fiction his entire administration spun repeatedly after four Americans died during the attack in 2012.
“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”
“Jobs saved or created”
Bill Ayers is “a guy who lives in my neighborhood”
“Jerusalem…must remain undivided”
Oh, and Benghazi was caused by a YouTube video.
Just some of the lies that defined Obama’s presidency. https://t.co/pAqCWLlsiG
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) April 21, 2022
Bush, meanwhile, famously promoted the ‘weapons of mass destruction’ narrative to draw America into war in Iraq and delivered a ‘mission accomplished‘ speech even though the war effort raged on for several years afterwards.
Before I go offline for the day, I’d just like to note the irony of Presidents “WMDs in Iraq” and “your healthcare costs will go down $2500” giving landmark speeches about disinformation.
Ok now I’m really leaving.https://t.co/LRiJ0ycu0c
— Spike Cohen (@RealSpikeCohen) November 13, 2022
Zelensky’s Own Disinformation
It’s interesting that Bush’s ‘disinformation’ conference will also feature a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The former President, speaking at a forum sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute in New York in May, condemned the war effort in Ukraine, and in doing so accidentally roped in his own controversial history.
Former President George W. Bush: “The decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq. I mean of Ukraine.” pic.twitter.com/UMwNMwMnmX
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) May 19, 2022
Speaking of Zelensky and disinformation, perhaps Bush could ask the Ukrainian President, who has been fleeing Congress for American taxpayer funds, about a famous quote he delivered that appears to be similarly fake news, war propaganda.
Zelensky’s famous line – “I need ammunition, not a ride” – has since been reported as having been completely fabricated.
— Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga) October 17, 2022
David J. Kramer, of the Bush Institute, celebrated the Bush and Obama ‘disinformation’ conferences using the tired mantra of ‘democracy is in peril.’
“We’re very mindful of what’s happening in the United States, and we have to make sure we stay on a democratic path,” Kramer said, adding that the events are “terrific.”
Are these conferences designed to combat disinformation or help spread it?
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