Description: Viral video / Animated GIF image
Circulating since: Sep. 2011 (this version)
Status: Fake (see details below)
Email contributed by Yvonne S., Oct. 12, 2011:
Fw: Very Un-Presidential Behavior
WATCH THIS BEHAVIOR WHEN HE DOES NOT GET HIS WAY - SEE HOW HE OPENS THE DOOR --- Bet you won't see this on network TV?
Very Un-Presidential Behavior
Now this is mature...
Oh my this must make the Obama lovers proud
Obama abruptly stormed out of a meeting with Congressional leaders after Cantor told the president that Republicans would not vote for his proposed tax hikes.
Obama picked up his toys and stormed out of the meeting, kicking the door open.
God Bless and Protect America !!
Analysis: To date I've received several copies of this email from inquisitive readers, so it would appear there are people out there who actually think this really happened. It didn't.
It's true that there was a "tense" meeting between Obama and Congressional leaders in July 2011 during which the President "got very agitated" then "shoved back from the table" and abruptly left, according to those present. But he didn't kick a door open. Nor were there any video cameras present.
So where did the video come from? It's a cleverly-edited spoof created for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Several such spoofs have been presented on the show, including one of a "testy" Obama knocking over the podium after a press conference and another in which the President does multiple backflips after announcing the death of Osama bin Laden.
So next time you hear somebody say "seeing is believing," tell them it ain't necessarily so especially on the Internet.
Sources and further reading:
Obama 'Abruptly' Walked Out of Debt Ceiling Talks, Cantor Says
Bloomberg.com, 13 July 2011
Last updated 10/31/11