Bush cancels appearance after Assange invite
February 25th, 2011
04:37 PM ET
7 years ago

Bush cancels appearance after Assange invite

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush doesn't want to be on the same program with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and cancelled an appearance to make sure that happened.

Bush accepted an invite to deliver the keynote at the Young President's Organization's annual Global Youth Leadership Summit Saturday in Denver, but cancelled the appearance after learning that Julian Assange was also invited to address the summit.

In a statement, Bush's spokesman, David Sherzer, said "Six months ago, President Bush accepted an invitation to speak to the YPO Global Leadership Summit in Denver on February 26, 2011. This week, upon learning that Julian Assange had recently been invited to address the same summit, President Bush decided to cancel his appearance."

Asserting the president's reluctance to be in the same sphere as Assange, Sherzer continued "The former president has no desire to share a forum with a man who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States."

YPO would not confirm whether Julian Assange will address the Global Youth Leadership Summit, but did release its own statement Friday.

"We regret that our members will not be able to hear from President Bush," said International Chairman Jill Belconis. "President Bush has spoken to our members several times in the past and we hope to have him participate in another YPO event in the future."

The Global Youth Leadership Summit attracts CEOs from around the world during a two-day dialogue on "leadership in the global community" that includes business leaders who are members of YPO. Membership requires that an individual be under 45 years old and the "chief operator" of a corporation, such as president, CEO, or chairman. The business must also have at least 50 full-time employees, and meet minimum requirements based on revenue, billing, or value of the company.

Filed under: George W. Bush • WikiLeaks
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Achiek

    Bush Jr is the greatest South Sudan president if America deny his achivement globally

    February 25, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. RoadRunner, Albuquerque, NM

    Bush is just a coward, afrai that Julian Assange will leak to the press that as President he committed war crimes and should be prosecuted for them. Soon, there will be no place on earth that coward Bush will be able to go, except Crayfish, Tx. And the taxpayer is paying good money to protect that war criminal. You want to cut wasteful spending? Cut coward Bush security detail!

    February 25, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. blf83

    Cluck! Cluck, cluck! Cluck! But as a war criminal, Bush may well know that he is a marked man. Remember, he couldn't go to Switzerland without being arrested.

    February 25, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Jim970

    I thought Assange was supposed to be in jail. How is he out and about giving speeches?

    February 25, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Indiana Voter

    Liberals are idiots as evidenced by the comments on this board. Jim being a pretty big one. So many Liberals are confused as to who the "bad guys" are that they blame America for all the world's problems. Jim must not be paying attention to what is going on, not only in the world, but here in America today. Obama has destroyed the economy and put this nation deeper in debt for years and years. He has forced people out of work. He has destroyed the health care system. All this while the world does not respect him, and our enemies are getting stronger as a result. It is pointless to debate a liberal though as they are so full of hate towards former President Bush, that they still can't think.

    February 25, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. Indy

    "The former president has no desire to share a forum with a man who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States."

    Few have caused as much harm as Bush to the United States

    February 25, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. Reggie

    Bush canceled because he thought Assange was going to leak some juicy items about him and his cronies.

    February 25, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. George

    "The former president has no desire to share a forum with a man who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States.

    That's a complicated way of saying that Bush cancelled because he doesn't want to share a forum with himself, but okay.

    February 25, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. QS

    "The former president has no desire to share a forum with a man who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States."

    Soooo...how does he explain sharing a forum with himself then? LMFAO!!!

    February 25, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. walleye46

    Everyone posting here that Bush is a criminal, that he took us into a war built on lies and is responsible for TOO MANY Americans deaths is all true. BUT – don't waste your breath (or keystrokes) here. Those on the far right wear blinders. They will never see the error of their leaders' way, and all the people that send in these posts will never sway their closed minded brains. They will always look upon the likes of Bush, Rupert Murdock, the Koch Brothers, Hannity, and Limbarf as their heros. That alone shows you what a group of narrow minded morons they are.

    February 25, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Dennis

    Wow Tulsa, you were a little harsh on "Four and the Door". You should be a little more kind with the mentally unstable. Have you read his other mindless rantings?

    February 25, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. WDinDallas

    I don't blame him. Who would want to associate with such low-lifes that would invite Assange.

    February 25, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Avi Shlomo

    This is hilarious. He ceratinly does think that Denver is a European city. The man should be treated the same way Mubarak, Qaddfi and others. A parriah in his own country. I hope American rise to the moment and fire all the traitors who serve the interest of foreign countries and allowed AIPAC men in to dictate policies that are not in the interest of America.

    February 25, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. Sgt Schultz

    Why does "W" have something to hide? Maybe Assange has the dirt on him. I'm not really convinced WikiLeaks has done ANY harm outside of whistle-blowing. Some minor details about diplomatic arrangement. Bush has by far been a bigger criminal by his war-mongering and lies about Iraq.

    February 25, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Smart Human

    Pot, meet kettle.

    February 25, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Bush is nowhere near the man Assange is. Bush is a coward who made millions destroying an oil company, a baseball team ,this country and killed millions of people.

    February 25, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Tam

    Was he afraid of matching the minuscule wits he has with anyone? No aparatus in the back under his suit? (remember the debates?)

    February 25, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. Bush Sr

    I don't blame ya son. Plausible denial. Worked for me....working for you.

    February 25, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. PD.

    Gee, you would think that Georgie Boy would attend. I mean, how many invites does he get? Lord knows, he isn't welcomed anywhere in the whole World because of fears he would be arrested.

    February 25, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Rob in MO

    Bush has always been afraid to face the truth.

    February 25, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. welches, oregon

    Bush is NOT a patriotic America. A patriotic brave American leader who says it cares about its citizens does not lie to the word in order to start an illegal and unnecessary war to steal the natural resources of another sovereign country.


    February 25, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. Lisa from AK

    why is Assange still running free?! Wish someone would chop his head off, disgusting idiot. Good for Bush!!!

    February 25, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. ted

    Bush and Cheney and rumsfeld need to receive their subpoenas to The Hague to face war crimes trials. But since he lives in Texas, which thinks it is a foreign country, W will not have to appear.

    February 25, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. clarke

    None of this makes much sense to me. What is the real reason he is not going. Why would they invite Assange anyway, he can't go anywhere, can he. I am starting to feel like Grampa on Moonstruck.

    February 25, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. David Cincinnati

    Actually, Bush, the Patriot, realized at the last moment that these were elaborate kidnap plots. Now the YPO is trying to determine Mubarak's current address.

    February 25, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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