This Photo of President Obama Hiding in His Shirt is Totally Fake

By Matt Novak on at

Have you seen this photo of President Obama telling a scary story with his head inside his shirt? It’s currently doing the rounds on social media as “the single greatest photo of any president” ever. But it’s totally fake.

This Photo of President Obama in His Shirt Is Totally Fake
A photoshopped image of Barack Obama reading the book Where the Wild Things Are (Twitter)

The original photo is from April of 2012 when President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama read the book Where the Wild Things Are to a group of kids at the White House Easter Egg Roll. And as you can see from the original photo, Obama’s head isn’t turtle-ing, for lack of a better term.

This Photo of President Obama in His Shirt Is Totally Fake
Michelle and Barack Obama reading a story at the White House during the Easter Egg Roll in April 2012 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The President and First Lady were clearly getting into telling the story though, as you can see from the other photos that day.

This Photo of President Obama in His Shirt Is Totally Fake
Michelle and Barack Obama reading a story at the White House during the Easter Egg Roll in April 2012 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Reading the classic children’s book has become a bit of a tradition at the Obama White House, with the First Family doing the same thing this past Easter.

This Photo of President Obama in His Shirt Is Totally Fake
Michelle and Barack Obama reading a story at the White House during the Easter Egg Roll in April 2016 (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

It’s not clear who made the photoshopped image, but it appears to be at least four years old. All we know for sure is that the version of Obama with his head in his shirt is completely fake.

This Photo of President Obama in His Shirt Is Totally Fake
Side by side comparison of the photoshopped image and the original 2012 photo of Barack Obama