FACT CHECK:   Does a photograph show President Obama posing next to a mile 69 marker in Alaska?

Claim:   A photograph shows President Obama posing next to a mile 69 marker in Alaska.


Example:   [Collected via Twitter, August 2015]

Origins:   On 3 September 2015, the Twitter account @banditqueen_ posted an image purportedly showing President Obama standing next to a mile 69 in Alaska. The accompanying message, “The Leader of Our Country,” was an attempt to show how Obama’s supposed juvenile sense of humor made him unfit to be President.

The above-displayed photograph, however, is a fake that has been digitally altered. The real image, taken near Exit Glacier in Alaska, was posted to the White House Instagram account on 2 September 2015 and showed President Obama posing next to a sign indicating where the boundary of the now much-receded glacier was in 1961 (coincidentally also the year of President Obama’s birth):

Markers throughout Exit Glacier show how much it’s receded over time. The impacts of climate change are real, and the people of Alaska are living with them every day. It’s never been more important for us to work together to address this challenge

Last updated:   4 September 2015

Originally published:   4 September 2015

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