Sunday, April 19th, 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 True144 (%)(144)
  • Half True150 (%)(150)
  • Mostly False65 (%)(65)
  • False70 (%)(70)
  • Pants on Fire9 (%)(9)

Barack Obama's website

Recent statements involving Barack Obama

Mostly True

Estimates suggest Obama overstated Iran's spending

Mostly False

Less than Walker claims -- and less than increases before Obama took office

False

A point, buried under errors and hyperbole

Recent stories featuring Barack Obama

Fact-checking statements about guns and the NRA

Republican presidential contenders will speak to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association’s annual leadership forum on Friday.

Pants on Fire for Facebook meme about Ted Cruz, Barack Obama, citizenship an online hit

 A Facebook meme suggests Canada-born Ted Cruz conveniently flip-flopping on needing to be born in the U.S. to run for president.

 

Pants on Fire! The comments attributed to Cruz don't reflect any actual remarks that we could find.

 

Our look at the meme turned out to be

 

Ted Cruz and the Truth-O-Meter Already Hot

Ted Cruz, the lively Texas senator, is declared  his candidacy for president Monday. (Ahem, he tweeted his plans before he spoke.)


Win or lose in that endeavor, the Houston lawyer already has a Truth-O-Meter record drawing lots of online attention. See his ratings through today below. Dig into some of his "greatest hits" in our story starting here. Or gander at a PolitiFact look into his eligibility to run for president (Cruz was born in Canada) here.

 

It's TRUE: Cruz is the longest-serving solicitor general of Texas in history.


 

Attention SXSW! PolitiFact still has a rocking song

We'd almost forgotten PolitiFact has a rocking song.

 

Yo, SXSW!

Fact-checking claims about Selma and Voting Rights Act

On the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, we look back at our fact-checks about voting rights.

 

Rick Scott's 2015 State of the State speech annotated