Former President Barack Obama seen posing next to a sleeping man on the subway was digitally created by Instagram user Average Rob. The image was recirculated on social media in November 2017 showing Obama standing near a sleeping man on the subway. However, the image is not real.
According to Snopes, the doctored fake image was created by Instagram user @AverageRob and was first posted online in January 2017. The account has a serious of other funny images created by the user showing many collaborations with Obama as well as other famous individuals.
What about the original image? White House photographer Pete Souza took the original photograph on Feb. 26, 2014. In that photo, Obama and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are seen touring a new rail car in St. Paul, Minn. All of the seats in the original photograph were unoccupied.
Here is a comparison of Average Rob’s creation and the genuine photograph taken by Souza:
Instagram user @AverageRob has built a following by digitally adding himself to photographs with celebrities, including Beyoncé, Ryan Gosling, Kim Kardashian, and Spiderman, among others. President Obama makes frequent appearances in his creations.
Here are several other examples of work done by @AverageRob:
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