A new e-mail allegation is making the rounds, making the case that there is no actual Barack Obama. Rather, the missive insinuates, President Obama is a “Manchurian Candidate thing,” a person who has been selected by unseen conspirators to assume the false identity of Barack Obama and run for President in order to do the conspirators’ bidding.
As part of an ongoing effort to fact-check this set of allegations, today we’ll look at this doozy of a sentence:
There is only one Barack Hussein Obama according to the U. S. Census and he has 27 Social Security numbers and over 80 aliases.
We’ve already debunked the middle claim of this sentence, that supposedly Barack Obama has 27 social security numbers. That claim isn’t based in fact, as the person who originally made the claim admits. But what about the other two assertions of fact? Does Barack Obama indeed have “over 80 aliases”? Less crucially, has the U.S. Census Bureau actually reported that “there is only one Barack Hussein Obama”?
Over 80 Aliases?
Because of the secretive, unseen nature of an alias — “a false name used to conceal one’s identity” (Random House Dictionary), it is nearly impossible to definitively prove that a person does not have an alias. Because an alias is a concealment, it is by definition hidden. How do you prove that something is not hidden away somewhere? It is similarly impossible to disprove the existence of an invisible pink unicorn or a flying spaghetti monster. For this claim of 80 aliases to be affirmed, it’s not enough to say that such aliases are possible; the existence of 80 false names used by the person currently occupying the Oval Office must be convincingly demonstrated.
No primary source document listing 80 false names demonstrably used by the president to conceal the president’s “real identity” is presented by this e-mail. Furthermore, I am unable after hours of using search engines and newsbanks to locate any such primary source document. I have been unable to locate even a secondary source containing a claimed list of 80 aliases.
Until someone provides this primary source document — that is, a list of 80 aliases of Barack Obama with proof that Barack Obama has used each of false names as an alias, the claim stands unsupported.
Conversely, a white kid using an Afro wig and using the alias “Barack Obama” did actually recently try to steal money from ATM machines. If this can be verified so easily for some 19-year-old kid — complete with FBI affidavits online — it should be a cinch to track the supposed actions of a president. I challenge anyone to overturn this fact check by providing me with the list of 80 aliases and the proof for the use of each one by the man who calls himself President Barack Obama.
Does the Census Verify that “There is only one Barack Hussein Obama?”
This assertion is not critical to the “Manchurian Candidate” accusation regarding Barack Obama, but it is a point on which the reliability of the accusing writer can be assessed. There very well may be only one Barack Hussein Obama, but the U.S. Census Bureau would not be a source of information to verify this. Empirically speaking, a search of U.S. Census Bureau documents confirms that there is no statement by the Census Bureau declaring President Barack Obama to be the only person with that name. Legally speaking, it would be impermissible for the U.S. Census Bureau to make such a declaration; federal law stipulates that individual-level information must be kept confidential for 72 years after its collection by the Census.