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Claim: Hundreds of people with physical ailments have reported being healed by a touch from Barack Obama.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2008]
Origins: Effective satire hews closely to what people are inclined to believe, and this spoof of the enthusiasm Democratic candidate Barack Obama spurred among some of his supporters (or what detractors might term his "cult of personality") has apparently hit close enough to home that we've received numerous inquiries about its legitimacy.
Whatever the powers of "Obama-mania" might be, the healing of physical ailments through a mere touch from the candidate himself is not among them. This item originated with an article published in March 2008 by LarkNews.com, a web site that offers spoof news articles with a religious bent. Despite bearing a tagline that describes itself as "A good source for Christian news," the web site also includes
The web site obamacures.com presents a similar story about Nester Todd, a
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