A little context can make or break any story.
In this case, if we read that someone tragically drowned after being out on the water, most of us would pause for a moment, think it was sad for a moment, check to see whether it’s anyone we know, and then go back to whatever we are doing.
But take that same story and put it in Martha’s Vineyard and it piques some interest. Mention that he worked as a personal chef for Obama, and it becomes a little more compelling.
Mention an unexpected plot twist like a strong swimmer drowning in 8 feet of water, or another White House chef having drowned just a few years ago and suddenly, everyone has an opinion about it.
Tafari Campbell, 45, worked in the White House first during the Bush presidency and then for the Obamas. He joined them privately when they left office and was working at their $12million waterfront estate when he died.
Campbell had gone paddle boarding on the calm water on Sunday and was seen falling off the board before becoming completely submerged in 8ft of water.
It’s unclear who he was with at the time. A 911 call described him as wearing all black and not wearing a life jacket.
Initially, the Obamas’ office said they were not home. Their office clarified on Monday that they were on the island, just not at the residence when Campbell drowned. — DailyMail
It’s not known who watched him fall or whether he had some kind of medical incident that caused him to fall.
People drew immediate parallels to the tragic fate of a Clinton chef who went hiking alone and never made it home again:
Two White House chefs have now died from drowning.
In 2015 the chef for Bill and Hillary Clinton died from drowning while HIKING in New Mexico.
Walter Scheibs death was confirmed an accidental drowning after he went hiking alone in the New Mexico mountains.
His body was… pic.twitter.com/qy6JXCMQeM
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) July 25, 2023
Memers and S***-posters on the right wasted no time making hay over it.
There was a time when I thought that being a conservative meant always speaking verifiable truth and never spreading unverified rumors.
Then the years 2016 to 2023 happened.
Do I actually believe the Obamas killed their cook because he knew too much?
But am I going to run…
— Cynical Publius (@CynicalPublius) July 25, 2023
I don't necessarily believe it, but I don't not believe it either.
— mercy vess (@TheMercy_Vessel) July 25, 2023
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In our putrid, worldly culture that has turned away from God, this book is a must-read for every Christian.