The Most Outlandish Barack Obama Conspiracy Theories

Ever since he emerged onto the national political scene in 2004, Barack Obama has been followed around by conspiracy theories. Everything from his religion, birth certificate, childhood, and country of origin to his sexuality and his status as not being the anti-Christ has been questioned, debated, smeared, impugned, and accused of being false. But what are the facts about these Obama conspiracies?

Even the casual conspiracy theory watcher is familiar with the most popular of these theories: that he's secretly Muslim, that he was born in Kenya, that he has no legal US birth certificate, that his father isn't actually his father, that he stole the election, etc.

But it takes a real conspiracy maven to dig this deep and find some of the alleged plots on this list of truly outrageous Barack Obama conspiracy theories. Did he REALLY threaten to kill Chelsea Clinton? Is he REALLY a dictatorial tyrant? Did he REALLY plot to nuke the country and shut down our computer grid?

Read on and find out... though be careful. Mysterious deaths also follow this president around...

Please note that some of the material on this list is based on work done for the website Skeptoid, particularly this post.
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  • He Thanked Satan in His Acceptance Speech!

    This popular YouTube video (over 4.7 million views and counting) makes the case that Obama subliminally thanked the Dark Lord in his speech on Election Night, 2008. He did this by saying “yes we can," which when listened to backwards is actually “Thank you, Satan.”

    The video also posits that Obama used reverse speech to utter a variety of other nonsensical phrases like “the time of: us gets, that ain’t leave – selled by gambit – we selled back – with Narif” and “Woman don’t add, it’s God’s name – marker will lash you.”

    In reality, "yes we can" backwards can be tortured to sound like "thank you, Satan," but only through confirmation bias. And nothing else the video claims has any relation to anything that makes sense in the English language.
  • He's Plotting to Cancel the 2014 Midterm and/or 2016 Election!

    While this one won't be conclusively proven to be false until the elections actually take place, (it was at least false for the 2014 midterms), the conspiracy-minded corners of the Internet are abuzz with rumors that Obama is plotting to suspend them and install himself as dictator for life.

    Putting aside the fact that there's really no legal mechanism for a president to "cancel" an election, and that these same rumors were going around before the 2012 election, and before the 2008 election - when they were connected to President Bush. Those elections happened, and so too will the 2016 presidential election.

    Or so we can hope.
  • He Threatened to Kill Chelsea Clinton!

    This rather inflammatory conspiracy came from the Twitter account of a Fox News reporter, Heather Childers. She would later claim she was “just soliciting opinions” when she tweeted “Thoughts? Did Obama Campaign Threaten Chelsea Clinton’s Life 2 Keep Parents Silent?”

    She included a link to a blog post from “Godfather Politics,” a video of a woman named Bettina Viviano discussing her anti-Obama documentary We Will Not Be Silenced
    The biggest bombshell of the clip was that someone with the Hilary Clinton campaign told her that Chelsea would be “next” if the Clinton’s didn’t stop making insinuations about Obama’s birthplace.

    Viviano presented no proof to back up this shocking accusation, only hearsay that “someone told her” it happened. Childers later apologized for disseminating the unfounded rumor, but added that it was “interesting” that so many people were “offended” by it.

  • He's Plotting to Nuke the Entire Population!

    According to right-wing activist and self-proclaimed former intelligence agent Jim Garrow, Obama was plotting with "leftist billionaire" George Soros to launch the mother of all false flag attacks on the US. Obama had ordered three nuclear weapons detonated "to devastate all computer related systems on the continent thus taking America back 200 years and guaranteeing a total breakdown in society and with in one year the death of 300 million Americans."

    According to Garrow, the only thing that stopped Obama was a small group of high-ranking military officers - who were promptly fired.

    Needless to say, no compelling evidence has been found to support Garrow's theory, nor is there a plausible mechanism by which three nuclear bombs could bring down all of America's computer network, nor any reason why this would kill the entire population.
  • He Secretly Had Brain Surgery!

    This theory started floating around in April, 2011 and originated with a blog post on something called  “Escape Tyranny." Appropriately titled “What’s that huge long scar on Obama’s head? And is that why we can’t see his birth certificate?” the post speculates that a long mark running down the president’s head is not just an oddity, but a scar left over from brain surgery that replaced his cranial plates and implanted him with now “misfiring” circuitry – the proof of which is found in his verbal tic of a slight stammer.

    The post was picked up by the UK’s Daily Mail a few days later, which took the extra step of harassing “countless” neurosurgeons, all of whom said it wasn’t their place to comment on what the scar could be. Within a week, it had gone viral, with mentions by Glenn Beck, CNN, and Fox News – all of whom wrote it off as absurd. 

  • He's the Biggest Golfer in Presidential History!

    President Obama's enjoyment of golf and his seemingly-frequent games have led to speculation that he golfs more than any other president in history. But while some conspiracy theories are just idle chatter, this one can be proven or disproven with facts.

    The website Obama Golf Counter lists the president as having played 190+ rounds since taking office. However, several other presidents are known to have played far more golf, including over 1,500 rounds for Woodrow Wilson, and close to 900 for Dwight Eisenhower. Even Bill Clinton is thought to have played about 400 rounds. At his current pace, President Obama won't even come close to those numbers.