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It is a photo from Getty Images covering Obama's 2009 inauguration. Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration at Capitol Building, Washington DC Credit: carterdayne [...] The inauguration of President Barack Obama, January 20th 2009. Unrecognizable crowds in the Washington Mall. You can note that the weather in the picture is quite sunny but the ...


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The earliest mention online - and thus likely the source for this - seems to be maga1776.com. The numbers for 2010 to 2016 are official statistics - the 2016 numbers are directly from ICE, the earlier numbers are not from a reliable source (washington examiner), but I don't think that they are in doubt. Note that these numbers are specifically about ...


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The claim that Obama is standing in front of a muslim prayer curtain is false. This meme has gone really viral and has been debunked on over 10 websites online. The picture that you see is taken in the East Room. The East Room, designed for "public audience", is an events and reception room in the White House, the home of the President of the United ...


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More people used Metro on Obama's second inaugural than on Trump's first. Spicer was comparing second Obama inaugural 11 am ridership (317,000) with Trump's full-day ridership (570,500). Trump's 11 am ridership was about 193,000. The 11 am ridership numbers were tweeted by Metro. According to a tweet by Jim Acosta from CNN: CNN has confirmed Wash Po ...


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No, he did not. Snopes says: In fact, any public presidential activity paying tribute to fallen U.S. and Allied soldiers on the anniversary of D-Day has been an exception rather than the rule in recent years. Available White House presidential schedules for 6 June, going back to the beginning of the George W. Bush administration in 2001, list no public ...


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The daily schedules of past US presidents are, in many cases, publicly available. So just for completeness, let's try to collect a list of what the sitting President was doing on June 6 of every year. I think it'll be illustrative. This is community wiki, so feel free to contribute. Please include links. Any D-Day-related activities should go in bold. ...


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Yes. Probably less of them than under Trump but there were kids in cages and kids separated from their families under Obama. Those photos of immigrant children “caged” by the US? They’re from 2014 (bias check) "Immigrant girls sleep in a cell, Jun. 18, 2014." Also, here's a pbs article from 2016 with the same image: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/...


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Snopes checked these numbers, using a report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence: The majority of prisoners were released under Bush. Only a small percentage of those released under Obama returned to the battlefield (9 are confirmed, and another 11 are suspected). The new 2017 version of the report has also been released this month, ...


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Yes they are real. Effigy burning. The event was organised by pastor Terry Jones in January 2013. It was uploaded to Youtube and the entire 54 minutes long thing can be viewed. The burning starts at the 51:50 mark. In the event they burn the effigies of Obama and Bill Clinton. The second picture of the Effigy is from an earlier time when the pastor just ...


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Youtube video Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers. See also Obama and the “Christian Nation” Quote, which says it was spoken on June 28, 2006, and says that according to his prepared remarks he was ...


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As for the challenged claim, that is a qualified yes (Michelle's staff was larger than Melania's, but not by that much, and there were reasons for it). The Hill writes in an article dated October 2017: Melania Trump has a smaller group of aides compared to her predecessor, Michelle Obama, according to the news outlet's analysis of White House personnel ...


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There are very significant differences between the 2011 restrictions and the 2017 executive order. The most important is that 2011 was a increased vetting and not an actual ban. Refugees continued to arrive and be processed throughout the period. References here and in this question. There are other significant differences also: The 2011 restrictions ...


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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? Yes, children were held in cages. No, this did not happen if their parents were merely illegal immigrants. Obama-era policy was that illegal immigrants with ...


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No, because President Trump is apparently basing his statement on a meeting he had with President Obama and his aides shortly after Trump won the November 2016 election and some of the people present at or informed of the details of the meeting say that a) Obama did not say that to Trump and b) Obama was not interested in starting a war with North Korea, so ...


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Tripled the stock market False. There are different stock market indexes, but none of them "tripled" between 2010 and 2016. Also, while 2008 was a historical low, the overall growth trend has been steady since the 1930's -- so we can't really say his result was exceptional. (source) The Dow Jones index went from ~8,000 on January 20th, 2009 to about ~16,...


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There is abundant evidence that Obama takes less vacation than past presidents. George W Bush was notorious for taking a lot of time away from the Whitehouse, most of it at his ranch. Here are some articles and quotes: Factcheck.org . Obama spent 26 days on vacation in his first year in office: Reagan 42, George W Bush 77, George HW Bush 40. CBS News ...


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tl;dr: The claim is based on a misrepresentation or misinterpretation of testimony by a co-founder of Fusion GPS. There is no evidence that there ever was an embedded FBI informant in the Trump campaign. Trump's source is this Fox News segment in which Andew McCarthy makes the claim. This Fox News article goes into more depth about what exactly is claimed: ...


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No, it was never in his book, rather it was a promotional pamphlet circulated amongst other literary agents, which was not written by President Obama (nor was it approved, or even distributed to him). The person (Miriam Goderich) who wrote that particular promotional piece has admitted that it was a mistake. "This was nothing more than a fact checking ...


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I submitted this story to Snopes, and was notified that today they released an article about the incident, claiming it is verified to be false, in short because no female member of HMX-1 was in a position to have met Obama under the circumstances described in the story. The most relevant bit from the Snopes article: We contacted the U.S. Marine Corps ...


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First, let me clarify some distinctions; a Marine is certainly not a Soldier. Soldier is Army, Airman is Air Force, and a Sailor is Navy. Second, the story is false. As someone with an 'inside scoop', the President wouldn't (and cannot) 'relieve' an enlisted military personnel on the spot. The closest I could find to this story is this article. A 26-...


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Comparable numbers are not being used in the press briefing statement. The 420,000 number can not be compared to the 317,000 number. The 317,000 number in the OP is correct for ridership up to 11AM 21 January 2013. The through 11AM numbers for the past four inaugurations were, as officially tweeted by DCmetro : 2017: 193,000 2013: 317,000 2009: 513,...


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No, this is a false claim In debunking this it is important to clarify that there are two types of debt the claim could be referring to. There is public debt, which refers to all money borrowed by the US government through the issue of securities by the Treasury and other federal government agencies. The other is gross federal debt which is the total of ...


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That's largely right. Her name is Zeituni Onyango. She lived in a homeless shelter for 2 years. source Zeituni Onyango, blamed “the system’’ for her controversial living arrangement in Boston public housing as an illegal immigrant Lived in government housing for 10 years. This source covers 2004-2010 source Onyango moved to the United States in ...


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This is a preposterous comparison to begin with, for two reasons: In good economic times, presidents have paid down the national debt. In 1834 Jackson paid it off entirely. In fact, most presidents in the 1800s paid it down, as did Harding and Coolidge in the 1920s. And from 1946 to 1981 the debt was consistently reduced in real terms, though not in nominal ...


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Quora have a verified profile system which states The verified checkmark icon appears on profile pages for well-known and high-visibility public figures in general interest domains like business, entertainment, government, religion, journalism, sports and other areas. The profile of Barack Obama has the quora verified profile checkmark. You can see ...


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Yes he did. It may have been taken a bit out of context: Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just ...


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George W Bush bowed to, hugged, kissed, and walked in the garden holding hands with that same Saudi king. So the answer is clearly no. The bow occurred in January 2008, while receiving a medal from King Abdullah. The visit was reported by many news providers, including CNN and Fox News. It is likely that other previous (and subsequent) Presidents have also ...


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There is a simple (legal) answer to this question, but it won't satisfy the conspiracy theorists. Obama has released his birth certificate, and the State of Hawaii confirms that it is real. op cit - previous answers Article 4 of the US Constitution states, in part, Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and ...


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The video is real, but when brought to his attention he said it was a slip of the tongue, and that in context it obvious that he misspoke: http://www.snopes.com/obama-isil-training/ The President's comments merely included slip of the tongue, as evidenced by the President's following statement (i.e., that Sunni volunteers were being trained as "a new ...


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The Washington Post article has fact checked this, and President Obama made reference to the bust on his 2016 visit to Britain. The bust that was returned was on loan, intended to temporarily replace a similar bust during its restoration. The bust was always intended to be returned at the end of the Bush presidency, which it was. President Obama decided ...


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