Air Force One Refuses to Fly Obama to Play Golf-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

The crew of Air Force one refused to fly President Obama 6,000 miles to Hawaii to play a round of golf with a friend, saying they weren’t obliged to fly him anywhere unless it was on official business.

The Truth:

A spoof article with a buried punch line is behind false reports that the crew of Air Force One refused to fly President Obama to play golf in Hawaii.

The story appeared at the website USA Daily Info on December 19th, and it was quickly spread across social media sites and discussion forums as a legitimate news story.

The report beings by citing unfounded reports that Obama has repeatedly flown on Air Force One to Chicago for White Castle hamburgers, and that Michelle Obama was flown to LA for the afternoon to get her done to set up the idea that the Air Force One crew has “had enough” of the wasteful spending:

Obama was set to leave Hawaii tomorrow, just for the day, to meet with a pal 6,000 miles away for a round of gulf. The captain of the president’s plane told him that unless it was official business from the Office of the President, he wasn’t obligated to fly him anywhere.

As always, the Obamas spent Christmas in Hawaii in 2016, so the spoof story reports that the president wanted to fly back to the mainland from Hawaii to play a round of golf to set up this punch line buried in the last paragraph:

It’s a fairly well-known fact that after about 150 words and a picture that may or may not be related, most conservative readers wills top reading and go comment that the Muslim should be executed for playing golf. Therefore, less than 20% of those who clicked this article will have made it this far.

So, the article was clearly a spoof on the short attention spans of online political commentary and should not be mistaken for a legitimate news report that Air Force One refused to fly Obama 6,000 miles for a round of golf.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Collected on: 12/28/2016

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