Description: Viral image
Circulating since: Feb. 2012
Status: Fake (see details below)
As posted on Facebook, March 21, 2012:
College Kids.... Gotta Love 'em..... Obama never saw it coming.... but boy was he upset after it happened! It is now rumored that Obama has everyone’s hands checked before taking pictures with them. LOL!!!!!!
Analysis: I hate to break it to Ron Paul fans, but this is not quite the "gotcha" moment it seems. The original image, posted on the Richmond Presents website on Dec. 15, 2008, boasts no hidden messages on anyone's hand. The Photoshopped version, creator unknown, began circulating in Feb. 2012.
Sources and further reading:
Richmond & Obama
Richmond VA Presents, 15 December 2008
Last updated 03/22/12