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We've all seen a lot of crazy rumors about Barack Obama. On occasion, some of my relatives have asked me to check them out, and I've discovered that it normally takes just a few minutes to disprove them.
Although I use a wide variety of sources to disprove rumors, I generally use snopes or truth or fiction as starting points. If you analyze the data on the last 7 U.S. Presidents, you'll quickly discover that there have been more rumors about Obama than about any of the other Presidents on snopes. Here are the totals:
Obama - 448
George W. Bush- 202
Bill Clinton - 168
Ronald Reagan - 93
Jimmy Carter - 17
Richard Nixon - 46
A while back, I looked into the rumors on Obama when they totaled someplace in the low 300's. At that time, all but a handful were "FALSE". The balance were a mixture of truth and fiction.
Obama has also had 390 rumors published about him on truth-or-fiction:
The latest rumor to surface about Obama is that he is planning on running for a third term. The Tea Party adherent that I heard that from had heard it on faux news, but other conservative sources (randpaulreview, wnd, the dailysheeeple, teaparty.org, spectator.org, and obama2016electionnews) have also been spreading the rumor.
This one turned up as a mixture of truth and fiction on snopes:
By now, you would think that most people would be smart enough to not believe ANYTHING that they heard from conservative news sources, but since more than 40% of the population believes the earth is less than 10,000 years old, that's probably hoping for too much.