Is This a Real Photo of Obama Shaking Hands with Iranian President Rouhani?

Arizona U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted a fake image of a meeting between former President Barack Obama and Iran President Hassan Rouhani.

  • Published 7 January 2020

Claim

A photograph shows former U.S. President Barack Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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On Jan. 6, 2020, amidst escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran over the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Az., tweeted a picture of former President Barack Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, along with the caption “The world is a better place without these guys in power”:

However, Obama and Rouhani never met face-to-face during the former’s term of office, and the image of the two men tweeted by Gosar was a fake created by altering a 2011 photograph of Obama’s meeting with former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss nuclear-liability laws:

Moreover, Gosar’s critical caption for the fake photo (“The world is a better place without these guys in power”) was inaccurate, as Rouhani is still very much in power as Iran’s president.

After the picture of Obama and Rouhani was identified as a fake, Gosar then criticized the “dim witted reporters” who pointed it out and attempted to claim that the false and misleading aspects of his tweet were irrelevant: