Description: Viral image / Hoax
Circulating since: Feb. 2012
Status: Fake (see details below)
Analysis: This is a hoax aimed at convincing the gullible that Barack Obama attended college as a foreign student, and therefore could not have been born in the U.S., and therefore is ineligible to be president.
The first clue that it's a fake is the name, "Barry Soetoro." Though Soetoro was his stepfather's last name and Obama did attend grade school in Indonesia under that name, there's no evidence he used any name other than Barack (or "Barry") Obama while attending college (for example, see the byline of an essay by Obama published in Columbia University's weekly magazine, The Sundial, in 1983: "Barack Obama").
Secondly, it's as easy as doing a Google image search on the phrase "Columbia University Student ID" to locate the original image from which the bogus Obama ID card was made. Issued in 1998, it bears the same identification number as the one supposedly issued to Obama above. The name of the original cardholder was neither Barry Soetoro nor Barack Obama.
More political Photoshoppery:
• Welcome to Kenya, Birthplace of Barack Obama
• Obama's Left-Handed Flag Salute
• Romney Family Wearing "RMoney" T-Shirts
• Gov. Sarah Palin Poses in Bikini w/Rifle
• G.W. Bush Fishing in Hurricane Katrina
• John Kerry Shakes Hands with Satanist
Sources and further reading:
Snopes.com, 9 February 2012
Obama at Columbia University
FactCheck.org, 16 March 2010
Last updated 10/09/13