Spreading falsehoods about President Barack Obama's past is a booming industry. From tycoon Donald Trump to presidential candidate Mitt Romney's son, some are simply immune to facts about Obama's birth and past. PolitiFact recently gave a "Pants on Fire" rating to an anonymous email making the rounds in New Jersey.
According to the note "not one person has ever come forward from his [Obama's] past."
"It’s amazing this e-mail was even sent over the Internet, because PolitiFact New Jersey found that it only takes a few Google searches to realize how ridiculous the claim is," the news organization writes about the claim.
The site lists numerous individuals who do remember the president. One even noted he was a "good body surfer" and owned a red Fiat.
The discredited email mirrors what Trump has been arguing for close to a year. The reality television star first allied himself with the "birther movement," people certain the president wasn't born in the United States. He added that, unlike him, not one of the president's former classmates could vouch for his past.
"Our current president came out of nowhere. Came out of nowhere," Trump said at a Conservative Political Action Conference speech on Feb. 10, 2011. "In fact, I'll go a step further: the people that went to school with him, they never saw him, they don't know who he is. It's crazy."
Matt Romney, the son of Republican front runner Mitt Romney, offered his own birther comment this past Thursday when he said his father would release his tax returns once the president made his birth certificate public.
“He’s certainly not afraid of anything, he’s not hiding anything,” Matt Romney said of his father according to Talking Points Memo. “But I heard someone suggest the other day that as soon as President Obama releases his grades and birth certificate and sort of a long list of things, that maybe he’d do that.”
His father's campaign quickly distanced itself from the comment, and the younger Romney set up a Twitter account to apologize.
Obama's birth certificate, and its authenticity, has been verified by multiple news organizations. The most comprehensive report is from FactCheck. Written originally in August 2008, it was updated this past April when the White House released the "long form" version of the document.
"Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said."