Viral Posts Feature Two Barack Obama Speeches From 2016

The viral posts feature two speeches Barack Obama gave in 2016 and not a speech he gave post George Floyd's death.

A post shared thousands of times in different languages purports to show former US president Barack Obama crying at an anti-racism conference, with some saying he spoke after the US police killing of George Floyd. In reality, the clip is a montage of two separate speeches Obama gave about gun control while he was still president.

The emotional footage starts with a moment of silence before former US president Barack Obama breaks down in tears. According to the caption with the video, America's first black president was reacting to the death of George Floyd during a public address.

"Former American President OBAMA could not hold back his tears during the press conference on racist violence in this case that which resulted in the death of the African-American, George Floyd (sic)," reads one of the posts written in French.

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The clip has been viewed more than 100,000 times and attracted more than 2,000 shares since it was posted on May 30, 2020.
A screenshot of the misleading Facebook post, taken on June 10, 2020

Meanwhile, a Facebook post in English viewed more than 20 million times made this claim with the video: "Obama shed tears during a press conference to address racism against black people in America".

A screenshot of the misleading Facebook post, taken on June 10, 2020

A similar post has been viewed more than half-a-million times.

The viral clip surfaced amid worldwide outrage over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. Police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder after he was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes before he died.

While Obama posted a video addressing Floyd's death, the montage circulating online is not linked to the killing which has sparked demonstrations against racism and police violence in the United States and Europe.

Protests and tributes following the death of George Floyd.

The 44th president of the United States also issued a statement on his official Twitter account denouncing Floyd's killing.

Two different speeches

The first 25 seconds of the montage is a speech where Obama is heard saying: "Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad. And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day."

A Google search for the keywords "Obama crying" reveals this video with the same clip on the American news channel, CNN.

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Obama delivered the speech at the White House in 2016 while condemning gun violence in the US and unveiling new gun control measures. During his speech, Obama shed tears as he remembered 20 first graders who were among those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, when a gunman rampaged through the school.

Obama did not talk about racism in this address.

The second part of the montage starts with Obama saying: "We cannot turn away and simply dismiss those in peaceful protest as troublemakers or paranoid."

A Google search of these exact words reveals they are from Obama's speech on July 12, 2016, during a memorial service for five Dallas police officers shot during a protest against police shootings of black men.

The gunman is thought to have deliberately targeted white police officers during the attack.

At the memorial service, Obama extensively talked about racism and protests then called for reconciliation, urging Americans to "reject despair" and "break a dangerous cycle".

Although the two speeches address violence and racism, they do not have any link to the death of George Floyd.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by BOOM staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Updated On: 2020-06-17T20:57:52+05:30
Claim :   Barack Obama teared up while giving a speech following George Floyds death.
Claimed By :  Facebook posts
Fact Check :  False
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