FACT CHECK: No, Michelle Obama Did Not Announce She Is Running For President ‘As A Man’

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims former First Lady Michelle Obama announced that she will run for president in 2024 “as a man.” 

Verdict: False

There is no evidence Obama said this.

Fact Check:

A former senior policy advisor for the Barack Obama administration was arrested in the U.K. on charges involving children, according to The New York Post. Rahamim “Rami” Shy, 46, is being held in custody until his next court hearing in June, the outlet reported.

A Facebook post claims Michelle Obama is running for president “as a man.” The video shows a woman reacting to the claim with a still of Obama and Oprah on-screen behind her.

“I decided to wake up and run as a male to push my husband’s vision to the next level and save America from Donald Trump,” a voice resembling Obama’s says.

“Did she just say she will be running f0r President in 2024 as a MAN!?” the caption reads.

The audio has been digitally fabricated, however. There are no credible news reports about Obama making such a statement. Obama’s office already confirmed that she will not be in the 2024 presidential race, according to NBC News.  

The video was originally posted to X on April Fool’s Day. PolitiFact also debunked the claim. (RELATED: Image Purporting To Show Michelle Obama Wearing Anti-Trump Shirt Is Digitally Altered)

Check Your Fact reached out to an Obama Foundation spokesperson for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received. 

This is not the first time a claim that Obama is transgender has gone viral. Check Your Fact previously debunked a claim that Obama’s mother died and referred to her as “my son Michael Robinson Obama” in her will.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter