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Did Obama Hold a Phone Upside Down for a Photo Op?

Did Obama Hold a Phone Upside Down for a Photo Op?

A photo shows President Obama talking on a phone, apparently not realizing that he is holding it upside down. Is the photo real or fake?

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The image is fake.

The photo was posted apparently as a joke during the 2008 Presidential Primaries, when Obama and Hillary Clinton were in a tight race for their party’s nomination. Let’s take a look at the image in question, which has been circulating since the 2008 election:

As the story often circulated with the photo goes, Obama was posing for a photo op and didn’t realize he was holding the receiver upside down. A popular caption reads:

When you are faking a pose for a photo opportunity with the American Flag… at least get the handset turned in the right direction!!

A clock set to 3:00am was also added to the fake photo, referencing Clinton’s commercial running at the time, which questioned who you would want to be in the White House to take a 3am emergency phone call.

The original image, however, is much less juicy. It seems to have been snapped on November 28, 2007 in a story entitled “Obama and the Locals” with a caption that read, “Obama on the phone with local media in Iowa.”

Obama holding phone

Bottom Line

The photo of Barack Obama holding a phone upside down is not real. The original photo was taken back in 2007 and later altered to appear that he was holding the wrong end of the receiver to his mouth.

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  • Adrian Vance

    I would believe any goofy picture of Obama doing everything from standing on his head in a washroom stall to humping a barnyard animal.

    Google “Two Minute Conservative” for clarity.

  • BeachN

    If you research it you should find a picture of our past Presidential comedian George W. Bush doing the original photo op with the upside down phone.. If I am not mistaken his was the real thing…

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