Michelle Obama pregnant? No -- not even while snowboarding
Michelle Obama pregnant with child No. 3? Not exactly. A holiday season pregnant with fake news and death hoaxes? More than a little bit.
Word that the first lady is pregnant came Sunday most prominently via the Weekly World News, which "quoted" White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as confirming -- out of Oahu, where the Obamas are vacationing -- that the pregnancy is two months along. We can only imagine the "while snowboarding" angle so popular in this season's wave of celebrity death hoaxes was too impractical to include, given the family's much publicized current tropical location.
Though WWN wasn't the only site pushing the story -- which may have grown out of a psychic prediction that ran Tuesday in the Toronto Sun -- it was the only site we could find that shared this TMI tidbit:
"There was a great deal of mystery about the whereabouts of the President and First Lady on Election Night this year," the WWN wrote. "There were many rumors about where they might be -- but now we know. The happy couple was spending quality time together, making a new baby."
Oddly, the president made no mention of the "pregnancy" in his weekly address. Shock. And that with the "baby" speculated to be due on his birthday!
Now, the Ministry used to buy WWN from time to time back in college -- for reasons similar to why we bought Mad magazine. Hey, maybe that's just us.
But that story going around about Barack Obama going cigarette-free for nine months? That one's true, according to Gibbs -- or at least it was a week ago.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: First Lady Michelle Obama looks on as President Obama holds a baby -- no, not theirs -- while greeting military families during Christmas dinner at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe on Dec. 25, 2010. Credit: Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press