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Take A Closer Look: Can You See What's Wrong With This Photo Of Obama Helping During Hurricane?

A picture that features former president Barack Obama lending a hand to those in need has been going viral in the past few days. People have been led to believe that it features Obama in the Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, but it's actually an old photo.

Fake stuff and hoaxes are all over social media at any point in time, but it would be really nice to assume that such behavior would go by the wayside at times of national crisis. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. While most folks are conscious enough to not advance blatantly false information, it doesn’t seem to even enter the thought process of others. There’s no easy answer as to why that’s the case, but it’s an incredibly bad look nonetheless. Unfortunately, we had another example of that in relation to Hurricane Harvey.

As CNN shares, a photo of former President Barack Obama was shared on social media. The poster claimed that it showed Obama onsite at a shelter in Houston serving meals to victims. For good measure, a swipe against President Donald Trump was included.

“The picture was shared on Twitter Saturday with the text 'Something you'll never see Trump do: Obama is in Texas serving meals!' As of Monday morning it had more than 7,000 retweets,” CNN reports. “When other tweeters called the poster out on the error, he replied, 'Sorry for people thinking this was in texas (he was there) but this is from 2015.' A representative for Obama told CNN the former president was not in Texas.”

The poster has since deleted the tweet. As for the explanation, that seems awfully shaky. He specifically indicated that ‘Obama is in Texas’ while calling out Trump. Exactly how does confusion come into play here? And then you apologize that others thought he was in Texas? What?

It’s incredibly unfortunate to imagine that someone is so obsessed with tweets and likes that they will peddle blatantly false information while others are dealing with an unfathomable natural disaster. For Obama’s part, he did take to social media to explain how people could help,

“Thank you to all the first responders and people helping each other out. That's what we do as Americans. Here's one way you can help now,” Obama shared, while including a link for others to donate to the Red Cross.

As for Trump, he’s been going out of his way to stay on top of the storm and relief efforts, as well as to show the nation that he’s on top of it.

“Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey from Camp David. We are leaving nothing to chance. City, State and Federal Govs. working great together!” read one post.

“Many people are now saying that this is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen. Good news is that we have great talent on the ground,” read another post.

Early reports on the response from federal officials have been glowing, and we’ll look for that to continue as the challenging cleanup and recovery efforts begin.

“Wonderful coordination between Federal, State and Local Governments in the Great State of Texas - TEAMWORK! Record setting rainfall,” Trump wrote.

“HISTORIC rainfall in Houston, and all over Texas. Floods are unprecedented, and more rain coming. Spirit of the people is incredible.Thanks!” reads another post from the commander-in-chief.

Source: CNN, The Hill
Photo: WPIX, Pixabay

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