Did Harvard Admit Michelle Obama’s Degrees Are Fake?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

  • Published 6 April 2020

Claim

Harvard University confirmed that Michelle Obama's degrees are fake.

Rating

Labeled Satire
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Origin

On March 14, 2020, ObamaWatcher published an article positing that the degrees earned by former first lady Michelle Obama at Harvard University were fake and that her transcripts had been altered to change her gender from male to female:

Harvard Admits Michelle Obama’s Degrees Are Fakes

Supposedly, Michelle Obama attended both Harvard and Princeton Universities for her degrees before becoming a lawyer and professor. It was bafflement for many on how the former first “lady” obtained such high ranking degrees.

Now the truth is finally coming to light. She didn’t.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

Everything on this website is fiction. It is not a lie and it is not fake news because it is not real. If you believe that it is real, you should have your head examined. Any similarities between this site’s pure fantasy and actual people, places, and events are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and satirical. See above if you’re still having an issue with that satire thing.

In reality, Obama graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1985 and then earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. The claim that Michelle Obama is really a man (hinted at in the fictional article) is an unfounded yet oft repeated conspiracy theory. 

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