Fact Check: Obama DID Say 'Gotta Have Them Ribs And Pussy, Too' -- But He Was Quoting A Person In His Book

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: Obama DID Say 'Gotta Have Them Ribs And Pussy, Too' -- But He Was Quoting A Person In His Book Author Reading

Did former President Barack Obama say, "Gotta have them ribs and pussy, too"? Yes, that's true, but he was quoting someone from a book he wrote. He wasn't expressing his own opinion. The 1995 memoir, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," explores the events of his early years in Honolulu and Chicago until his entry into Harvard Law School in 1988.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post and video on July 26, 2022, under the title "Did Obama Just Say That." It opened:

Nothing has caught me more off guard than this clip.πŸ˜‚

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

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jul 28 18:40:07 2022 UTC)

The seven-second clip is a tiny excerpt from a nearly hourlong video recorded more than a decade before Obama was elected president in 2008. The video was recorded on September 20, 1995, at the Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts. The book had only been released a few months earlier. The segment in question begins just after the 15-minute mark and the topic is Malcolm X and reactions to his beliefs:

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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