Fact Check: Photo Does NOT Show Barack Obama With His Hand Down Daughter's Pants

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: Photo Does NOT Show Barack Obama With His Hand Down Daughter's Pants Altered Image

Does a photo show Barack Obama with his hand inside his young daughter's pants? No, that's not true: The photograph of Obama with his arm around his daughter taken by a journalist in 2007 was digitally altered. The original shows Obama's hand above his daughter's waist.

The claim appeared as a meme in a post (archived here) shared on Facebook on August 6, 2020. The text with the photo read:

And people upset that Trump wanted to grab himself some pu**y

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Aug 12 04:45:06 2020 UTC)

This is the original photo, which we found in a DailyMail.com story about Malia Obama's 14th birthday in July 2012.

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The photo caption said it was taken when a younger Malia was "hanging out in New Hampshire on May 28, 2007 (right) with her then senator dad."

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  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.

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