FACT CHECK: Image Claims To Show Barack Obama And Bobi Wine Posing For A Picture

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

An image shared on Facebook allegedly shows former President Barack Obama and former Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine posing for a picture.



Verdict: False

The image has been digitally altered to include Wine. The original image shows Obama and the Argentinian ambassador to the U.S. in 2016.

Fact Check:

In the image, Obama and Wine look like they are posing for a photo in what appears to be the Oval Office of the White House. Wine wears a double-breasted suit with a red pocket square. (RELATED: Did Haitian President Jovenel Moise Say He Would Expose The Clinton Foundation The Day Before His Assassination?)

The picture, however, has been digitally altered, a reverse image search revealed. The original photo, found in a January 2016 Mendoza Post article, actually shows Obama standing with Argentina’s then-ambassador to the U.S Martín Lousteau. Wine has been digitally superimposed over Lousteau.

While Check Your Fact was unable to identify the original source of the Wine photo, pictures of Wine wearing a similar suit can be found online. For example, he wore it in 2020 while wearing a face mask. He can also be seen wearing it in a photo published by The Standard.

Social media users have previously spread false information about Wine and U.S. politicians. In December 2020, Check Your Fact debunked the claim that Obama and President Joe Biden tweeted “#FreeBobiWine” after Wine was arrested.

Wine lost the 2021 Ugandan presidential election to long-time president Yoweri Museveni, according to CNN. Wine challenged the election results and said he had evidence of fraud, but ultimately withdrew his challenge, The Associated Press reported.

Elias Atienza

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