1. Barack Obama has no birth certificate — Donald Trump climbed aboard the birther bandwagon in 2011 during his pretend run for president. Ultimately the White House released the documentation showing Obama was indeed born in Hawaii, and the president smacked down The Donald in person at the White House correspondents dinner in April.
5. Homeland Security ‘ordered’ police to shut down “Occupy Wall Street” — A series of OWS crackdowns across the U.S. last month (some violent) prompted liberal activist/writer Naomi Wolf to spin a mayoral conference call into a “federalized” crackdown. Only problem: Wolf never had any evidence.
6. 100 Million Muslim march? One of the wackiest conspiracy theories of the year combined the “Barack Obama is really a Muslim” meme with the right’s obsession over illegal immigration. The plot: Obama planned to bring up to 100 million Muslims into the U.S. in order to turn the country into an Islamic nation. Seriously.
8. ‘Candygate’ – Fox News’ morning crew played fast and loose with an AP headline to make it appear that the first family swapped Halloween candy for dried fruit for White House trick or treaters. That would have been a bummer for the little costumed kiddies, if it was actually true (they also gave out M&Ms…)
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President Barack Obama is no stranger to conspiracy theories.
He’s been called a closet Muslim, a guy who “pals around with terrorists,” a Kenyan-born imposter and even an anti-colonial Mau-Mau by opponents on the right. And some liberals have claimed the president never really tried to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay (it was his fourth executive order, signed two days after his inauguration as president, but Congressional Democrats helped block the implementation…) and I ran into Occupy Wall Streets who echoed righties in claiming the administration hired Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and former White House economic guru Lawrence Summers, straight out of Goldman Sachs (neither man ever worked there.)
But 2011 provided some of the strangest conspiracy theories — from both sides of the aisle. Here are the top 10 Obama conspiracy theories of 2011.