Claim: Photograph shows a Ron Paul supporter sneaking a message into a photograph with Barack Obama.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, February 2012]
This is pretty funny! The guy in the background has figured out that something just isn’t quite right.
College kids got to Love’ em! Obama never saw it coming … but boy was he pissed after it happened! It is now rumored that Obama has everyone’s hands checked before taking pictures with them.
Origins: The image displayed above may be the product of a college prank, but if so it’s one of the Photoshop variety, not of someone’s posing for a photo op with a political figure while furtively displaying a subversive message promoting another candidate scrawled on his hand.
This item is an altered version of a photograph taken in February 2008 at a Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Richmond, Virginia, and shows then Senator Barack Obama posing with supporter Tim Kelley of Washington, D.C.:
Last updated: 22 February 2012
A Word to Our Loyal Readers
Support Snopes and make a difference for readers everywhere.
- David Mikkelson
- Doreen Marchionni
- David Emery
- Bond Huberman
- Jordan Liles
- Alex Kasprak
- Dan Evon
- Dan MacGuill
- Bethania Palma
- Liz Donaldson
- Vinny Green
- Ryan Miller
- Chris Reilly
- Chad Ort
- Elyssa Young
Most Snopes assignments begin when readers ask us, “Is this true?” Those tips launch our fact-checkers on sprints across a vast range of political, scientific, legal, historical, and visual information. We investigate as thoroughly and quickly as possible and relay what we learn. Then another question arrives, and the race starts again.
We do this work every day at no cost to you, but it is far from free to produce, and we cannot afford to slow down. To ensure Snopes endures — and grows to serve more readers — we need a different kind of tip: We need your financial support.
Support Snopes so we continue to pursue the facts — for you and anyone searching for answers.