Claim: A 1981 Columbia University student ID card identifies Barack Obama as a foreign student named Barry Soetoro.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2012]
ANY RESEARCH ON THIS? Could this be the reason his "classmates" don't remember him, or why his records can't be found? Perhaps he was not even "Barack Obama" at the time!
However, the ID card pictured above is not a real Columbia University student ID issued to Barack Obama (under any name) in 1981; it's simply an altered version of a Columbia University ID card issued to another student in 1998:
Aditionally, the pictured card couldn't possibly have have been a Columbia University student ID issued to Barack Obama in 1981, as the digital ID card format it uses wasn't introduced at Columbia until 1996.
Finally, the pictured ID card is obviously a forgery, as the photograph it bears is not a picture of a 20-year-old Barack Obama from 1981; it's a picture taken several years later, during or shortly after Barack Obama's time at Harvard Law School (1988-1991).
Last updated: 30 September 2015
Bookman, Jay. "Some Cold Water on Overheated Birther-Mania." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 27 January 2012.