Open Microphone Catches POTUS in Unpatriotic Moment-Fiction!


Summary of eRumor:


This is a forwarded email that contains what appears to be a news article that alleged an open microphone caught President Obama saying, “God, this holiday sucks!  All this national pride shit get’s on my nerves.”  The article said that the President was later heard saying, “I can’t believe I have to miss a good day of golf for this crap!”


The Truth:

President Obama made no such comments.  This is a joke poking fun at the President.

The source for this whopper came from a July 4, 2013 article by, a political satire site that likens itself to The Onion.

Photo that accompanied the satirical article.

Posted 7/10/13

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

Friday, July 5, 2013
Obama’s “hot mike” comments
(WASHINGTON) — A “hot mic” has apparently picked up some very unflattering words from President Obama this Fourth of July, and may plunge him deeper into some very hot water.

“Hot” or “open mics” frequently catch public figures unknowingly expressing their true feelings, usually with colorful language (prime example: in 2000, then presidential candidate George W. Bush was caught complaining to vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney that a reporter covering their campaign was a “major league asshole”). However Obama’s “slip” while exiting the balcony of the White House after his fifth Independence Day address may well exceed the average “hot mic faux pas.”

The smaller of Obama’s two microphones, which was clipped inches below Obama’s shirt collar, was supposed to have been turned off immediately after his closing remarks to guests and reporters on the White House lawn. But the microphone remained “hot,” catching the President muttering:

“God, this holiday sucks! All this national pride shit get’s on my nerves.”

Obama’s candid comments are sure to further drag down his approval ratings, as recent scandals involving the IRS, the Benghazi terrorist attacks, and massive spying on average citizens by the NSA have sunk Obama’s approval numbers below that of former president George W. Bush. It took Obama thirty seconds before he completely exited the White House balcony and removed his microphone, during which it picked up more utterances by the Commander-in-Chief, none of which pundits view will help his ratings any time soon.

“You’d think we’d stop celebrating the birth of the worst imperial power in history –but nooooo…we have to do this flag-waving bullshit every year,” Obama muttered more as he made his way from the podium. “I can’t believe I have to miss a good day of golf for this crap!”

Although Obama’s presumably inaudible words were not heard nearly as loudly as his official Independence Day speech, a few reporters and attendees close to the speakers beneath the White House balcony heard him distinctly.