The Lobster-Snack-Michelle-Obama Hoax
Got one of these in the email this week. Total hoax. Story below.
Trouble is, Michelle wasn’t there eating lobster and and the perps of this hoax are serving baloney.
From Wednesday’s FactCheck:
Did Michelle Obama spend $450 on room service?
I recently received an e-mail with a picture and quote of Michelle Obama saying if universal health care is going to work, someone is going to have to give up a piece of the pie so someone can have more. The e-mail went on to say, “oh really,” then it had a picture of a room service receipt from the Waldorf-Astoria signed by Michelle Obama on 10/15/08 for 2 lobster appetizers, 2 caviars, 2 lobsters & champagne for a total of $447.00.
No. The claim is a total fabrication, and the sources that publicized it have retracted the story. This hoax e-mail, which purports to show
a copy of Michelle Obama’s exorbitant room service receipt, reproduces a flyer that was posted on the blog of a pro-Hillary Clinton political action committee, Puma PAC. […]
We certainly hope this is an Adobe Photoshop job, since the alternative explanation is that someone ran up a $450 bill at the Waldorf-Astoria just to perpetrate a cruel hoax. Or perhaps that someone stole Michelle Obama’s credit card. Or that there’s someone else named Michelle Obama, someone with expensive tastes. What’s certainly true is that Michelle Obama, the presidential candidate’s wife, did not dine on lobster in New York on October 15. She was more than 600 miles away giving a speech in Indiana.
OK, well, anti-Obama hoax number 9,586,323. Or thereabouts.
Now if only these things would get checked out before they’re sent, we’d make choices that were less rooted in suspicion and more rooted in truth. That’d make us a better country.
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