Obama's Last Name

Obama's Last Name

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Updated Jan 24, 2022 at 12:30AM EST by Autumn Able.

Added Sep 26, 2019 at 04:13PM EDT by Philipp.

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Obama's Last Name refers to a misconception held by certain individuals that former United States president Barack Obama's first name is Obama and not Barack. Starting in mid-2019, memes speculating on what Obama's last name could be and imagining it being a well-guarded secret gained significant popularity in meme communities.

Origin

On September 4th, 2012, BuzzFeed published a series of tweets in which Twitter users asked for the last name of then-incumbent United States president Barack Obama, referring to him as Obama, supposedly with the assumption that this was his first name (several tweets shown below).[1]


Liquorice Bitch Follow @ALI3NGHOST Wtf is obamas last name? Does anyone know? Reply Retweet Favorite 31 11 RETWEETS FAVORITES 1:13 AM-2 Sep 12 Embed this Tweet
t @fOreverbeya Follow What's Obamas last name? Reply Retweet Favorite 15 2 RETWEETS FAVORITES 4:56 PM-3 Sep 12 Embed this Tweet
mychael sabet @michaelsabs Follow Wats obamas last name Reply Retweet Favorite 26 RETWEETS FAVORITES 2:10 AM-2 Sep 12 Embed this Tweet

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In the following years, the misconception gained more mainstream recognition, with posts making fun of those who wondered what Obama's last name was appearing online. In November 2013, a Facebook post in which a person inquired about Obama's last appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show (shown below).[2]



A number of memes dating back to 2013 in which users made fun of those asking about Obama's last name can be discovered online. One of the earliest such memes preserved online was posted by When Ash from Pokemon turns his hat around, you know shits about to go down Facebook page on January 21st, 2013 (shown below, left)[3]


Liquorice Bitch GALI3NGHOST Follow Wtf is obamas last name? Does anyone know? FRleply 13 RetweetFavorite 31 11 RETWEETS FAVORITES Kill yourself. nerget @mayapologies i cant stop thinking about this Stan Smith 8 mins What is obama last name? 2 Comments Like Comment Maia Reneé Care Stan Smith Thank you Wrte You, Maia Reneé and 28 others 15 Comments

On June 16th, 2019, Redditor Kaede_Kurosawa posted a Professor X's Mind Rays meme captioned "Me trying to remember Obama's last name like" (shown below).[4] The post received over 63,700 upvotes in the subreddit in three months and had since been reposted multiple times.


Me trying to remember Obama's last name like

In the following months, memes which speculated on what Obama's last name can be, or imagined Obama's last name being a well-guarded secret gained popularity in both ironic and mainstream meme communities on Reddit and on other websites. In some examples, Obama's last name is imagined to be Care, as in Obamacare.

Various Examples


WE DON'T WANT TO GET POLITICAL OR ANYTHING BUT BUT IS OBAMAS LAST NAME ACTUALLY"CARE? www.DGAtees.com Me coming out of Area 51 knowing Obama's last name IDONT HAVE MUCH TIME I KNOW WHAT OBAMA'S LAST NAME IS. IT IS
OMG GOSH GUYS!!! Obama Blvd Los Angeles, CA OBAMA FULL NAMEIS OBAMA BLVD LOSANGELES CA WHAT THE FUCK IS ОВАМА'S Last Name IJUST FOUND OUT WHAT OBAMA'S LAST NAME IS. IS BROCK

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