Claim: Video clip shows Barack Obama acknowledging that he is not a natural-born U.S. citizen.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2010]
Circulate this before they yank it from the internet.
If you just watch the first 30 seconds, your mouth will drop open.
Origins: This video clip of Barack Obama's supposedly uttering such confessional revelations as "It's true, I'm not an American," "I was not born in Hawaii," and "I wasn't born in the United States of America" should be effectively self-debunked simply through the implausibility of its concept and form: it's completely inconceivable that Barack Obama, who taught courses in constitutional law at the
Nonetheless, the prolonged and continued circulation of this clip as "real" indicates that additional debunking is called for, so we note here that this clip originated with ObamaSnippetsDotCom, a self-identified humor site which regularly takes snippets from video clips of Barack Obama's speeches, press conferences, and other public appearances, editing and rearranging them to make it appear as if he said things which he did not. (Another example in the same vein from this site presents President Obama's purportedly acknowledging an intent to create health care reform
Finally, in the description of another (even more obviously edited) ObamaSnippetsDotCom video, which features a faux announcement from President Obama that he will be "quitting" the presidency in 2012, the clip's creator exasperatingly acknowledges that too many people still aren't getting the joke:
I have grown weary of reading comments from "video experts" who have "concluded" that the video "has been doctored," "is fake," or worse, "a hoax." All I wanted to do is create videos that were funny, or at least clever. I have made it abundantly clear on my Channel Profile that these are spoofs. But clearly, some people just don't get it.
My contribution to the YouTube community is my ability to take a given video, chop, slice, dice and splice it, and create a totally different, hopefully funny video. So, at least for this video, my edits will not be hidden, but rather will be proudly on display for all to see and admire.
Hopefully, this will help eliminate the controversial aspect of my videos, and will help highlight the humorous aspect, as was originally intended.