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Philanthropist David Rubenstein and @SharonSaysSo Sharon McMahon to discuss freedom and liberty at the Bush Center

Carlyle Group Co-Founder and Co-Chairman David Rubenstein joins "America's Government Teacher" Sharon McMahon – known as @SharonSaysSo on Instagram – for Engage at the Bush Center, presented by NexPoint

DALLAS, TEXAS – On March 20, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will host a conversation on the role of “extraordinary ordinary people” in advocating for freedom and liberty as part of the Engage at the Bush Center series presented by NexPoint. The conversation, an informative companion program to the Bush Center’s 2023 Freedom Matters special exhibit, will feature philanthropist David Rubenstein and “America’s Government Teacher” Sharon McMahon, also known as @SharonSaysSo on Instagram. Moderated by Ken Hersh, Bush Center President and CEO, the trio will discuss the pursuit of freedom throughout history and the significant historical artifacts featured in the Bush Center’s exhibit, many of which are on loan from Rubenstein’s collection.

Rubenstein is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private investment firms. He is the host of The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations on Bloomberg TV and PBS and Bloomberg Wealth with David Rubenstein on Bloomberg TV. Rubenstein is a leader in the area of Patriotic Philanthropy, having made transformative gifts for the restoration or repair of many national monuments and has also provided long-term loans to the U.S.  government of his rare collection including the 13th Amendment and the Stone Engravings of the Declaration of Independence.

McMahon, a former high school government and law teacher known for her wildly popular @SharonSaysSo Instagram account, is on a simple mission to share non-partisan information about democracy. She has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers online, affectionately called the “Governerds.”

The Bush Center’s new exhibit, Freedom Matters, encourages visitors to consider what we can all do in our everyday lives to advocate for the blessings of liberty and a free society. The exhibit is made possible through the generosity of the Harlan Crow Library and David Rubenstein, and includes rare copies of The Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and The Federalist (Papers); a copy of the Magna Carta from 1305; and a rare version of the Emancipation Proclamation.

WHAT: Philanthropist David Rubenstein and @SharonSaysSo Sharon McMahon to discuss freedom and liberty at the Bush Center

WHERE: George W. Bush Presidential Center

2943 SMU Boulevard

Dallas, TX 75205

Media will meet at the Bush Center loading dock.

WHEN: Monday, March 20

6:30 p.m. CT


Media should credential to attend no later than Friday, March 17, at noon CT.

Media logistics and directions will be sent out once credentialing closes. For more information, please visit the event page or contact Anna Walker at [email protected] (801-694-5946).

While the event is sold out, those interested in watching can tune into the livestream here.


About the George W. Bush Presidential Center: 

Located on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is a nonpartisan institution advancing the timeless values of freedom, opportunity, accountability, and compassion. The Bush Center comprises the George W. Bush Presidential Museum and the George W. Bush Institute, a solution-oriented policy organization focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies through policy solutions and public engagement. The Bush Center also houses the George W. Bush Presidential Library, operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, which provides access to official documents and artifacts from the George W. Bush Administration. Learn more about the Bush Center at

About Engage at the Bush Center, presented by NexPoint:   

The Engage at the Bush Center series presented by NexPoint brings newsmakers, thought leaders, and popular figures to the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Thought-provoking, entertaining discussions and experiences allow our guests access to events that only a presidential center can provide.