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Obama doesn’t say U.S. must surrender to “New World Order”

October 29, 2018 GMT

CLAIM: Former President Barack Obama was filmed saying the U.S. must surrender to the “New World Order.”

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Obama did not say at the secretive Bilderberg Conference that the U.S must surrender to the “New World Order” because they are “too small-minded to govern their own affairs,” despite reports circulating online with a video. 

THE FACTS: The story misrepresents Obama’s comments and where they were made, pairing text with a video that is said to be from Bilderberg Group conference, a secretive gathering that brings together leaders from Europe and North America. The remarks in the video come from the meeting in Brussels.

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Obama is said to have described the “New World Order” as an ‘international order we have worked for generations to build.’” The report blends comments from Obama’s speech at the 2014 meeting in Brussels, and remarks made at the United Nations in September 2104 and September 2016, where he addressed political polarization in the U.S. and international security.

For instance, the story misconstrues a portion of a speech Obama gave in 2014, where he said that “ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs,” and that “progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign.

The report also suggests that Rolling Stone magazine issued an apology to “conspiracy theorists,” saying “you were right all along”. In reality, the article in Rolling Stone was having a little fun while writing about the Libor scandal_ which uncovered a series of incidents where big banks manipulated global interest rates. It did not mention the New World Order or Obama. 

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The Associated Press reviewed this story after it was surfaced to third-party fact checkers as part of an initiative with Facebook to assess the accuracy of news content.