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Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) was the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017 and the first African American to hold the office. Obama previously served as a United States senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned following his election to the presidency in November 2008.

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Did the @POTUS Twitter account use a picture from Obama's inauguration for its cover image?

There's an image going around Facebook claiming that the @POTUS Twitter account is using an image from President Obama's inauguration. Is this true? Where is the original image from?
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Is the curtain behind Obama in this picture a "muslim prayer curtain"?

I've been shown this image a few times: Naturally, it's a little ridiculous, because there are surely at least a thousand pictures of him near an American flag. But it is making a claim that the ...
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Were illegally immigrating children held in cages during the Obama administration?

Were children separated from their parents when they were caught on the Mexican border by US officials as illegal immigrants before Trump's introduction of zero tolerance immigration policy? I wasn't ...
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Did more people use the DC Metro transit system on the day of Trump's inauguration than on the day of Obama's second inauguration (in 2013)?

On 21 Jan 2017, the White House called a press conference where the press secretary accused the media of "deliberately false reporting" on two issues of which the number of people attending President ...
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Did Obama defy precedent by not visiting the D-Day monument?

This seems like a very dubious picture, from a very clearly politically motivated website, but I was wondering if there was any truth to this picture?
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Did 122 Guantanamo prisoners released by Obama return to the battlefield?

A recent tweet by Donald Trump says: 122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision! According to a ...
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Has Trump's administration been making more human trafficking arrests than the Obama administration?

I come across this image below circulation on the internet. The image is comparing the human trafficking arrests during Trump's and Obama's administrations. Are these figures true?
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Did George W. Bush spend 32% of his presidency vacationing, versus Barack Obama's 5.2%?

This picture is making the rounds on Facebook: [Picture of George W. Bush] 32% [Picture of Barack Obama] 5.2% Percentage of presidency spent on vacation. Guess which one conservatives call "The ...
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Has Barack Obama achieved these goals in the last six years?

A claim, attributed to Occupy Democrats (which may or may not be true), that is doing rounds in social networks shows a photo of the current US President Barack Obama raising a toast with these words: ...
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Did Barack Obama keep 33 million pages of documents, including nuclear weapons documents?

A public statement from former U.S. president Donald Trump claims that former president Barack Obama kept 33 million documents from his presidency, most of them classified and many of which contained ...
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Is Barack Obama a natural born US citizen?

In this Politico Article dated 8/5/10 the results of a poll taken on President Obama are discussed: The poll of 1,018 adults shows 27 percent of Americans believe the president was “probably” ...
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Is Snopes a "hoax" that is "covering up" for the Obama administration?

Of all the email I get, I don't know why this one bugged me so much. Here is an email accusing Snopes.com of deliberately "lying" and "covering up" for the Obama administration. From the look of it, ...
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Did President Obama state he was close to starting a war with North Korea?

President Trump said this in a press conference on Friday: I believe [President Obama] would have gone to war with North Korea. I think he was ready to go to war. In fact, he told me he was so ...
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Did Obama say the USA is "no longer a Christian Nation"?

In 2007, did Barrack Obama declare that the USA "was no longer a Christian Nation"? This was in an email asking Christians to band together against Obama.
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Are these photos of protests posters against the Obama Administration real?

After "Snoop Dogg" started trending due to his controversial music video, I found the following meme in the Twitter stream: (source: twimg.com) Are these images real or photoshopped? I came ...
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Did Michelle Obama have a staff of 23 people, while Melania has a staff of 4?

According to this picture (shared over 100k times) Text reads, Obama donated none of his salary, Michelle had a staff of 23 Trump donates all of his salary, Melania has a staff of 4 I'm more ...
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Has President Obama accepted more debt than all previous US presidents combined?

I've been seeing this claim on Facebook a lot recently, somewhat virally: Debt added by the previous 43 U.S. presidents combined $6.3 trillion dollars (sic) Debt added by the president Obama $6.5 ...
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Did President Obama institute immigration restrictions in 2011 that were similar to Trump's Jan 2017 immigration restrictions? [duplicate]

Following Trump's recent executive order restricting movement from seven selected nations, some proponents of Trump's actions point out that in 2011 President Obama instituted similar restrictions on ...
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Are these pictures of Osama Bin Laden with Obama, Rice and Hillary Clinton authentic?

I saw a post on Facebook with these pictures: They apparently show Osama Bin Laden with Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Are these authentic pictures of actual meetings?
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Does Barack Obama have an active quora profile?

A while ago, a friend of mine said that President Obama has just answered a question about the Iran deal on quora.com. I thought then it is just a fake profile claiming to be Obama and giving answers ...
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Did the FBI plant an informant in the Trump campaign during the Obama administration?

Donald Trump has tweeted allegations of the US's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) planting spies in his 2016 presidential campaign: Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI “SPIED ...
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Did Obama admit training IS?

In a video, Obama appears to be saying that "We're speeding up training of ISIL forces, including volunteers from Sunni tribes". Is this video genuine or fake?
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Is Barack Obama's SSN valid?

The latest conspiracy theory surrounding the validity of Barack Obama's Presidency is his Social Security Number. Some people are claiming that his SSN is a Connecticut SSN, but he never lived there (...
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Did the Obama administration halt processing of Iraqi refugees back in 2011?

From "Muslim ban" hypocrisy: Left quiet when Obama also halted visas by Andrew Bolt: But why was the Left silent when the Obama administration refused to issue visas to Iraqis for six months? ...
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Has Obama or any other US President authorized the assassination of US citizens?

In this interview with RT News, Sean Stone -- the son of Oliver Stone and outspoken critic of US anti-Iran sentiment -- claims that President Barack Obama has "assassinated American citizens" (~4:20 ...
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Did Barack Obama receive 108% of the vote in one Ohio county?

"Recount the election!" is the 4th most popular petition at whitehouse.gov. It has 69,588 signatures (as of Jan 30, 2012). As justification for the petition, the creator writes: In one county ...
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Does Barack Obama have an aunt who was a homeless illegal alien that used government housing for 10 years?

Just found this one on Facebook. The people making the claim have 11k page likes (26th November 2012). She lived in a homeless shelter for 2 years. Lived in Government housing for 10 years. As ...
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Has the birth certificate recently uploaded to whitehouse.gov been digitally altered?

Whitehouse.gov - Birth Certificate Long Form (Web Archive) This is the one. I tried asking in my normal channels (hacker news, IRC) but am getting bombarded with accusations of being a Birther. I am ...
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Did Obama have a marine demoted for correcting him?

Someone sent me the following claim: a US Army person who had met with President Obama had suggested that he was wearing his American Flag lapel pin upside down. Obama had the woman removed from her ...
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Does Trump spend $10m/month travelling compared to Obama's $1m/month?

The following graphic has been making the rounds in Reddit and other locations: The graphic cites The Washington Post as its source. Essentially, it is a infographic based on two figures: That ...
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Is Obama the first President of the US to write a computer program?

According to a recent Wired article, US President Barack Obama was the first president to write code: President Barack Obama told the world that everyone should learn how to code. And now he’s ...
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Is Obama the first U.S. president to "bow to a Muslim King"?

This video, makes the following claim, as aired on Fox News: [Obama] did bow to the Muslim King, while he did not do it to the British Queen of England, and by bowing he showed the world that "I am ...
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Did Obama's administration bug Trump Tower?

Trump tweeted this: Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism! At time of writing, this statement has ...
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Was Obama's JAMA paper the first academic journal article authored by a sitting president?

I have read a few sources claiming that Obama's JAMA paper published this month was the first academic journal article authored by a sitting president. Is that true? Example:
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Did Obama remove a Winston Churchill bust from the oval office?

President Obama recently commented on the debate about whether the UK should remain in the European Union. He supported the government position that remaining in the EU is better. Boris Johnson (mayor ...
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Did Obama tell people to ignore those warning against tyranny?

Did Barack Obama say the following? "They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject those voices." This is contrasted to Jefferson saying "When the people ...
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Was or is Obama's brother living in a shack in Kenya on less than a dollar a day?

Lately, I have come across numerous stories in emails, pushed by what seem to be fringe elements, discussing various aspects of Obama's private family life. Many of them seem to make fantastical ...
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Is Obama the only president who has been denied by the opposing party when trying to raise the minimum wage?

This is circulating on Facebook: Here's a list of every president in American history who has wanted a raise in the minimum wage but been denied by the opposing party: President Obama That's not a ...
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Did Bill Ayers ghost-write for Obama?

According to Conservapedia's article on William Ayers: In an October 2008 article in American Thinker, Jack Cashill presented evidence that Ayers ghostwrote Obama's first book, "Dreams From ...
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Was Barack Obama nicknamed Barack Oganja?

A Twitter account named History in Pictures (followed by 515,501 users) tweeted the following: President Obama was known to be heavy marijuana smoker in his teen & college days. His nickname ...
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Did Obama order the drop of over 26 thousand bombs in 2016?

This image is going viral on the web. According to ZeroHedge, Sounds about right for a president who bombed 7 nations and became the first in U.S. history to be at war every single day of his ...
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Did Obama have a policy of "separating [migrant] families"?

Politfact says, While the Obama administration's immigration approach was not without controversy, it’s simply untrue to say he had a policy of separating families. Did any policy though result in ...
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Did Obama refuse to help former SEALs in Benghazi?

According to SOS and many small journals, Facebook censored a meme stating that President Obama refused to save the lives of former Navy SEALs in Benghazi. The meme simply stated, “When Obama called ...
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Is President Obama or his administration responsible for failing to transfer some prisoners out of Guantanamo?

President Obama has come under considerable criticism for failing to uphold his campaign promises to close Guantanamo Bay. Each detainee can leave that limbo through one of four different routes): a ...
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Does reversing a clip of Obama saying "Yes We Can" become "Thank you, Satan"? [closed]

A friend of mine forwarded me Obama Yes We Can = Thank you Satan (when reversed), a video claiming that an audio clip of Obama saying "Yes We Can", when reversed, says "Thank you, Satan". Is this ...
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Does a UN Treaty force gun control in the USA?

Is there any truth to the following claims which can be found on several sites, including: Dr. Orly Taitz Esquire's Defend Our Freedoms Foundation AboveTopSecret.com The Obama administration ...
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Did Obama call for online "truthiness tests" to "curate" news on the internet?

I came across an article on Breitbart that cites Obama in the following ways: We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that ...
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Is the border fence basically complete as Obama said, and did they go above and beyond what was requested?

Obama said in a speech in El Paso, Texas May 10, 2011 (full transcript) They wanted a fence. Well, that fence is now basically complete. And we've gone further. We tripled the number of intelligence ...
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Did Obama mention in his book he was born in Kenya?

While talking to CNN, Donald Trump said President Barack Obama himself wrote that he was born in Kenya. Is it true that the President's book said this? When his publisher comes out with a statement ...
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Did Obama give $195 million to Syria for the Muslim holiday Eid al-Ftr?

I saw this article floating around Facebook today. It claims: It’s the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. President Obama has decided to give $195M of taxpayer money to ...
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