NBC article suggests Obama has been playing a big role in running America

November 11, 2023
Robert Ayers

A recent article from NBC News reveals that former President Barrack Obama has been helping the Biden administration to run America. 

The article, which was published on Nov. 3, 2023, is titled, Biden quietly tapped Obama to help shape his AI strategy. 

The article begins:

Former President Barack Obama quietly advised the White House over the past five months on its strategy to address artificial intelligence, engaging behind the scenes with tech companies and holding Zoom meetings with top West Wing aides at President Joe Biden’s request, according to aides to both men.

This report from NBC has renewed claims that Obama is the one who has really been running the country.

"Shadow president"

Throughout Joe Biden's presidency, there have repeatedly been claims that Obama is the one who is really running the show.

Early on, those making such claims supported their argument by pointing to such things as the fact that Biden's administration was packed with Obama personnel.

They also point to things such as this well-known response from Obama, to the question of whether he wished that he had a third term:

If I could make an arrangement where I had a stand-in, a front man or front woman, and they had an earpiece in and I was just in my basement in my sweats looking through the stuff, and then I could sort of deliver the lines, but somebody else was doing all the talking and ceremony, I'd be fine with that.

Many argue that this is essentially what has been happening - that Obama got his "third term" with his "frontman," namely, Joe Biden.

NBC's latest report would certainly seem to support this claim. But, the mainstream media is now trying to suggest otherwise.


USA Today has now posted a so-called fact-check claiming that NBC's article does not support the claim that Obama is a "shadow president."

The outlet reports:

Our rating: False. NBC News reported former President Barack Obama advised the White House on artificial intelligence, but the article did not refer to Obama being a “shadow president.” Experts told USA TODAY it is not unprecedented for a current president to seek counsel from a predecessor. The claim originated on a website known for publishing misinformation.

Indeed, it is not unusual for a current president to seek counsel from a predecessor. But, there is a big difference between seeking counsel once and a while versus seeking counsel all of the time. The former would be nothing unusual, but the latter would be getting into "shadow president" territory.

The idea that Biden has only sought Obama's advice for AI is a bit silly, and it is worthy of a fact check-in itself.

Let's not ignore the fact that NBC says that Obama, on the AI issue, has been "quietly" advising Biden for five months, that he has engaged behind the scenes with tech companies, and that he has held Zoom meetings with top West Wing aides. This, in itself, is more than just occasional counsel.

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