Fact Check: This Is NOT An Authentic Photo Of Barack Obama Kissing David Cameron

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  • by: Victoria Eavis
Fact Check: This Is NOT An Authentic Photo Of Barack Obama Kissing David Cameron Doctored

Is this a real photo of Barack Obama kissing the former prime minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron? No, that's not true: It is a doctored photo created by pasting together two separate photos of Cameron and Obama kissing their wives.

The claim appeared in a Facebook meme (archived here) where it was published on April 1, 2013 with the caption, "everyone, make sure this image can't be removed off the internet. okay?" The text in the meme read:


Obama wants it off the internet!

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

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Oct 30 18:23:46 2020 UTC)

The original photo is actually a snap of the former president kissing his wife Michelle Obama following his victory speech after he was elected president in 2008:


The following is the original photo of Cameron and his wife, Samantha Cameron:

Screen Shot 2020-10-30 at 5.17.46 PM.png

Other doctored versions of this photo also include Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey poorly pasted into the corners looking on skeptically. Those versions are not real either, of course.

fake obama pic.jpg

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  Victoria Eavis

Victoria Eavis is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She recently graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. In her last few months at Duke, she was a reporter for a student news site, The 9th Street Journal, that covers the city of Durham, North Carolina. 

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