Fake News: Photo Does NOT Show Michelle Obama With A Penis

Fact Check

  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: Photo Does NOT Show Michelle Obama With A Penis

Does a photo of Michelle Obama show a penis bulge under her dress, proving the former first lady is a man? No, that's not true: The image is of Michelle Obama onstage to deliver an addresses at the Democratic National Convention on August 25, 2008. A review of broadcast video and photo agency images recorded that night do not reveal the same bulge and crease that purportedly is evidence that Obama was hiding a penis under her Maria Pinto dress.

The fake image originated as early as 2010 and has continued to circulate on social media, including more recently in a post (archived here) published on July 28, 2019 under the title "SOME THINGS ARE SELF EVIDENT." The meme showed former U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower born as Bradley Edward Manning before coming out as a trans woman, on the left half and Michelle Obama on the right side.

Screenshot (43).png

This is what social media users saw:

Lead Stories previously debunked the claim that Michelle Obama is a man and did not give birth to Malia and Sasha. The daughters were allegedly "loaned" to the Obama's in the 1990s to cover up her sexuality so that it would not prevent Barack Obama from being elected U.S. president a decade later. That article is titled "Fake News: Malia And Sasha Were NOT Loaned To Obamas By Their Real Parents." Explaining where Malia and Sasha came from is essential to the myth that she is a man.

But we are focusing in this article specifically in this image -- which has been published by dozens of websites over the past decade. Debunking it was simple since there are many original photos and videos of Obama in that same dress at the same moment. Tens of millions of people were watching the speech on cable TV, according to ADWEEK. Many millions more watched on broadcast TV in the U.S. and around the world. Dozens of still cameras were focused on Ms. Obama from the moment she walked out on the stage of Denver's Pepsi Center. We've reviewed videos frame by frame and scoured the images available online. The exact crease and bulge, when she raises her right hand to wave while standing near the podium, does not appear in any of them. No bulge indicating a hidden penis is seen anywhere beyond this suspicious meme.

michelle dnc 2.jpgmichelle3.jpgmichelle dnc 1.jpg

Any reader is welcome to continue the search and share their findings in the comment section under this story. Please give us the exact original source of the image you believe contradicts our conclusion that this image is fake.

Want to inform others about the accuracy of this story?

See who is sharing it (it might even be your friends...) and leave the link in the comments.:

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

Read more about or contact Alan Duke

About Us

International Fact-Checking Organization Meta Third-Party Fact Checker

Lead Stories is a fact checking website that is always looking for the latest false, misleading, deceptive or inaccurate stories, videos or images going viral on the internet.
Spotted something? Let us know!.

Lead Stories is a:


Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Lead Stories LLC:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Most Read

Most Recent

Share your opinion