Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Have lip readers figured out Michelle Obama's 9/11 comments?

A chain email says a lip-reading instructor has examined this video and determined Michelle Obama said, "All this for a damn flag."

Authors of chain emails love to question President Barack Obama's patriotism.

They've said he refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance (False), that he "turns his back to the flag and slouches" (False), and that he complained that U.S. troops were whining about going to war. (Pants on Fire).

We've also noticed a sub-genre of emails that attack First Lady Michelle Obama for living a life of luxury, such as the claim that she ordered $400 worth of caviar and lobster at the Waldorf Astoria in New York (Pants on Fire).

Now comes a new twist on a claim that sprouted a year ago in the conservative blogosphere: the suggestion that during 9/11 memorial ceremonies, the first lady could be seen saying to her husband, "All this for a damn flag." A chain email claims a lip-reading instructor at the River School in Washington, D.C. has confirmed that's what she said.

We checked with the River School and found that's Pants on Fire wrong.