Description: Viral article / Satire
Circulating since: Nov. 2012
Status: False (see details below)
As posted online, Nov. 6, 2012:
George Bush Accidently Votes For Obama
Nov. 06, 2012
Former U.S. president George W. Bush accidentally voted for Barack Obama today at a polling place near his Crawford, TX home.
According to local reports, the two-term Republican was confused by the instructions on his electronic voting machine and mistakenly cast a ballot he intended to discard.
Witnesses say Bush argued with poll workers for several minutes afterwards in a effort to redo his vote, but in accordance with state law they ultimately denied his request.
Analysis: In the same vein as a viral satire that went around in 2001 claiming that researchers had determined that George W. Bush had the lowest IQ of any president in the past 50 years, this article trades on the perception (in some quarters) that former President Bush is not a very bright man. Both articles are fictitious.
"George Bush Accidently [sic] Votes for Obama" was originally published on the satirical website The Daily Currant, whose "About" page contains this disclaimer:
Q. Are your newstories [sic] real?
A. No. Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world
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Last updated 10/08/12