By Erica Abbott
Reports that former President Barack Obama added a threatening “personal message” in an Inauguration Day letter to President Donald Trump are false. While Obama did carry on the tradition of outgoing presidents writing a letter to their successor and leaving it in the desk of the Oval Office, it was not disrespectful in any way—rumors that the letter was menacing stemmed from a self-described “whimsical satire” website.
According to Snopes, the fake claim originated on Our Land of the Free, a website known for publishing fake news and satire. The article claimed, per senior correspondent Art Tubolls, that the “fake news media” published “an incomplete, watered down version” of the letter that Obama wrote to Trump on Inauguration Day. It purported:
“President Trump was very clear that he wanted the entire letter released but several agencies pushed him to reconsider. the media then made the final decision, telling the WHOIP that they absolutely would not carry such a private message that would be ‘twisted’ by the alt-right.
We instead decided to release the personal message through back channels so the truth would be known without hurting the feelings of the poor ‘news’ networks that would have had to report it.”
The personal message, added to the letter as a post-script on a second sheet of paper, reads:
“On a personal note, this country has fought back hard from the recession your pals caused. If you destroy everything the American people have rebuilt I will come for you. You have no friends in this town.
You’ve been warned.
The report, however, is entirely fabricated. While Obama did, in fact, write a letter to Trump, the entire message was shared last week. No parts of the letter were hidden from the public. The letter, which was obtained by CNN, reads:
The senior correspondent cited in the fake report does not exist and, far from threatening him, Obama actually offered Trump four key pieces of advice based on his eight years in office. Our Land of the Free states in their disclaimer that their articles are completely fictitious:
Ourlandofthefree.com makes no guarantee that anything you find here will be based at all in reality. All posts should be considered satirical and all images photoshopped to look like something they’re not. It’s not you, it’s me.
In an interview with ABC News’ David Muir, Trump called Obama’s letter “beautiful.” Trump did not reveal the contents of the letter during the interview in January, but called it “so thoughtful,” adding that it was very well-written and complex.
Basically, the letter itself is real, however, the threatening “personal message” is not.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Story about Barack Obama Attaching “Personal Message” In Letter to Donald Trump
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