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Old 13 June 2017, 03:50 AM
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Default Were Obama's daughters and mother-in-law paid staff while in the White House?

There's no linked article for this rumor. The claim just appears under articles about Obama and lately under articles about Ivanka Trump. Has there ever been an article anywhere where this was proved false?
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Old 13 June 2017, 06:14 AM
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Shouldn't you rather begin with trying to find anywhere it was "proved" true - or at least some evidence thereof? (Or, failing that, at the very least any of the various places you say it appears.) Otherwise, I think you'll waste quite a lot of everyone's time trying to "prove" any outlandish claim false.

ETA - Anyway, snopes has this:
http://www.snopes.com/marian-robinson-pension/
ETA2 - About the daughters... How are we supposed to even take this claim seriously?? The fact that these rumours persist just shows how idiotic and racist the whole attack on his family was compared to, well, every other president, certainly not least of which the current resident of that house.

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Old 13 June 2017, 10:51 AM
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Since the POTUS is required to save every e-mail (and tweet?) he/she writes in his/her official function for eternity, I would assume that the list of employees of the White House is a public document - maybe apart from security employees?

Or isn't it?
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Old 13 June 2017, 01:54 PM
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Since the POTUS is required to save every e-mail (and tweet?)
Not tweets... yet: Congressman’s ‘COVFEFE Act’ Would Force President Trump to Save All His Tweets

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While I don't disagree with you at all about the idiotic and racist attacks on President Obama and his family I think this specific rumour has more to do with defending the current President as in "yeah well why is everyone mad as Trump for doing exactly what Obama did huh huh".
"But Clinton...! (v. 2.0)"

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Old 13 June 2017, 01:07 PM
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ETA2 - About the daughters... How are we supposed to even take this claim seriously?? The fact that these rumours persist just shows how idiotic and racist the whole attack on his family was compared to, well, every other president, certainly not least of which the current resident of that house.
While I don't disagree with you at all about the idiotic and racist attacks on President Obama and his family I think this specific rumour has more to do with defending the current President as in "yeah well why is everyone mad as Trump for doing exactly what Obama did huh huh". It's become more than obvious that little things like fact and reality mean very little to the kind of people who defend the misdeeds and missteps of Trump.
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Old 13 June 2017, 02:15 PM
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While I don't disagree with you at all about the idiotic and racist attacks on President Obama and his family I think this specific rumour has more to do with defending the current President [...]
Yet, while I don't disagree that is one of the reasons for its insidious persistence, the fact that it started well before Trump won the electoral college (see date on link) leads me to believe that's not the reason for the rumour.
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Old 13 June 2017, 02:18 PM
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Yet, while I don't disagree that is one of the reasons for its insidious persistence, the fact that it started well before Trump won the electoral college (see date on link) leads me to believe that's not the reason for the rumour.
I was referencing the nonsense about Obama's teenage daughters being paid staff. Did those kinds of silly rumours surface before Trump's offspring scored White House gigs? Otherwise I'm going with Psihala's "but Clinton..."
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I haven't even been able to find any examples of that one yet so I guess we have to wait for Urban to provide one. Maybe it is just some "but Obama" nonsense.
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