Did Former U.S. President Barack Obama Wear an ‘RIP Epstein’ T-Shirt?

The former commander-in-chief isn't exactly known for wearing flashy, graphic tees.

  • Published 15 August 2019


A photograph shows former U.S. President Barack Obama wearing an "RIP Epstein" T-shirt.



A photograph purportedly showing former U.S. President Barack Obama in an “RIP Epstein” T-shirt started making the rounds on social media in August 2019, shortly after convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell while awaiting new child-sex-abuse charges:

This is not a genuine photograph of Obama, nor was it published by the entertainment site TMZ. 

This doctored image was created by manipulating a 2014 photograph of Obama during a visit to Hawaii. The original picture was taken by Julie Thurston and is available via Getty Images with the caption: “U.S. President Obama greets well wishers at Marine Corps Base Hawaii during his December 2014 annual vacation with the First Family in Kailua, Hawaii on the Island of Oahu.”

Here’s a look at the doctored image (left) and the original photograph (right):

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time the photograph has received the Photoshop treatment. In April 2018, a Reddit user used this image to create “Swolebama,” a digitally enhanced muscular version of the president:

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