Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, supposedly on the opposite ends of the political spectrum, are nonetheless teaming up the way former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton did in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Bush and Obama are planning back-to-back conferences about “disinformation” shortly after former President Donald Trump makes his big announcement this week, which is likely to be that he is declaring to run for the presidency in 2024, despite the fact that most of his advisers have reportedly asked him to delay it until at least after the Georgia runoff election next month.
The two presidents “are headlining back-to-back democracy conferences next week, highlighting rising threats from authoritarianism and disinformation — and how to combat them globally and at home,” Axios reported, adding that neither of them coordinated their conferences, which will be hard for some to believe given they are both on the same topics and issues, apparently.
“Bush’s is Nov. 16 in Dallas and Obama’s is Nov. 17 in New York,” the report noted further adding that Bush plans on interviewing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy through a live feed, while Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen will be addressing the conference in pre-recorded remarks.
Bush’s event is sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute, partnering with Freedom House and the National Endowment for Democracy. It is called “The Struggle for Freedom.”
Meanwhile, Obama — who “spoke at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit in June, and at Stanford University in April about disinformation,” Axios noted, is holding his event in New York City. His is “the Obama Foundation’s own inaugural Democracy Forum with Columbia University and the University of Chicago.”
“I actually think it’s terrific that we will have these back-to-back conferences,” David J. Kramer, the executive director of the Bush Institute, told the outlet. “We’re very mindful of what’s happening in the United States, and we have to make sure we stay on a democratic path. At the same time, we have to help and support others around the world. So we can’t simply fold up our tent and focus on everything at home. We have to focus on both things.”
Obama Foundation CEO Valerie Jarrett Valerie Jarrett told the outlet that as democracies around the world are under assault, “the potential of the next generation of leaders needs our full support… We are delighted to see the Bush Center — another institution doing the hard work to strengthen democracy — convene in Dallas to advance our shared values.”
As for Trump, one of his advisers, Jason Miller, said that he is pressing ahead with his special announcement despite the GOP’s poor showing during the midterms, which many have, ironically, blamed on the former president, in part.