Michelle Obama pregnant rumors broke quickly yesterday. Yet the Michelle Obama pregnant reports were quickly debunked as the latest odd Internet rumor. At the least, no one alleged that the First Lady was dead, as the online celebrity death mill isn’t that ambitious yet. But this time, the Weekly World News was to blame, while a psychic may have fueled the fire days earlier. Nevertheless, the story became the first big online hoax, or false rumor, of 2011.
The Weekly World News triggered the speculation yesterday by reporting that White House sources confirmed the First Lady’s pregnancy. They even said that press secretary Robert Gibbs didn’t confirm or deny the reports, and that Senior Adviser David Axelrod said the President hoped for a boy.
But the rumors were not really officially confirmed by the White House, or anyone else. The story was debunked within hours – especially since it came from a site that reported Megan Fox was a man, and that Michael Jackson faked his death.
If the First Lady was expecting, it would be a massive event, however. No presidential couple has welcomed a new baby while in office since the Kennedys – whom the Obamas were often compared to in the past.
Although these pregnancy stories were false, they may have stemmed from a prediction made by a famous Canadian psychic. Earlier last week, a psychic named Nikki predicted that the First Lady would give birth to twins in 2011. Since she claimed she predicted Tiger Woods’ marital scandal, and the Chilean miners crisis, news outlets paid some attention to her 2011 predictions.
In addition to the pregnancy, she was also reported to predict that Sarah Palin would get divorced and Hillary Clinton would win the Nobel Peace Prize. The psychic could be seen as having a liberal bias – although since she also said George Clooney would get married, others may not take her as seriously.
Yet she made the predictions because she saw 2011 as a year when the couple would focus on “family and fun.” Things aren’t that fun for the administration now, since they face a Republican House and dissatisfaction from the liberal base. However, if the President wants to focus on family and fun, this would be the year to do it before the 2012 campaign begins.
If Michelle Obama was pregnant this year, or in the next, it would be the most analyzed pregnancy of all time. But for now, the pair just has Sasha, Malia, and the Democrats to look after now.
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