Motivational speaker who portrays Thomas Paine was summoned to the White House because President Obama was angry over his remarks – Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

A forwarded email with a YouTube video link of motivational speaker Bob Basso portraying Thomas Paine. The email says that the President was disturbed by remarks in the video and personally called Basso to see the President at the White House.
The Truth:

Bob Basso is a motivational speaker who portrays U.S. Founding Father Thomas Pain, the author of Common Sense.

Basso told that he received no such call from the President or orders to report to the White House.

Basso’s commentaries as Thomas Paine have been critical of big government and wasteful spending and encourages tax paying citizens to march on Washington for the cause he calls the “Second American Revolution.”

Basso hosts a YouTube page where he has posted an official response to this eRumor with an open letter to President Obama.

To see more of Bob Basso as Thomas Paine you can visit his Youtube page:  click for YouTube page.

updated 06/23/09

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

This guy’s video on youtube has been so popular that Obama called him personally. He said that he was very disturbed with the video and invited him to the White House. Obama also said he wanted the White House to handle the Press and not to talk about the video or the White House visit. That’s interesting.

Watch it now. This may be the best six minutes invested in your future You may have to turn your Sound Control up some.