Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Barack Obama's file

Obama

Democrat from Illinois

Barack Obama is the president of the United States. Obama was formerly a U.S. senator from Illinois. He was born in 1961 in Hawaii, where his parents met as students at the University of Hawaii. Obama's father is from Kenya and his mother is from Kansas. He graduated from Columbia University and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. Obama previously served in the Illinois state Senate and was an instructor at the University of Chicago Law School. He and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

Obama's statements by ruling

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  • True119 (%)(119)
  • Mostly True147 (%)(147)
  • Half True151 (%)(151)
  • Mostly False66 (%)(66)
  • False70 (%)(70)
  • Pants on Fire9 (%)(9)

Barack Obama's website

Recent statements involving Barack Obama

Recent stories featuring Barack Obama

Our June High Five: Readers ran to Walker items

Claims surrounding Gov. Scott Walker, a top GOP presidential contender, once again dominated the High Five for June.

Mailbag: Your interpretation is 'nutty'

Many readers were critical of our analysis of a claim by President Barack Obama on gun violence in America, plus other recent feedback on our fact-checks.

Barack Obama and the Truth-O-Meter after the Charleston murders

After a gunman shot and killed defenseless worshippers, President Barack Obama made a couple statements touching off the Truth-O-Meter.

 

Obama said the day after: "Now is the time for mourning and for healing. But let’s be clear: At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency."

 

Separately, Obama tweeted: "Here are the stats: Per population, we kill each other with guns at a rate 297x more than Japan, 49x more than France, 33x more than Israel."

 

Obama's comments, checked by PolitiFact in Washington, D.C., came out MOSTLY FALSE and MOSTLY TRUE, respectively.

No, really -- it's True

They're relatively rare. But the statements we rate True are an interesting lot. Here are 10 of them.

The High Five: Heavily tilted to False

False, False, False, Pants on Fire.

May 2015 was kind of a rough month for some folks on PolitiFact Wisconsin's Truth-O-Meter.