Fake news website The Resistance: The Last Line of Defense published an article on february 20th 2017 titled: "BREAKING: Obama's Secret Service Protection Just Walked Out On Him After He Ignored A Veteran". Like everything this website posts it is completely made up. The article starts:
The Secret Service agents assigned to protect former presidents consider themselves lucky. They get to spend their days providing security for legendary men who are, for the most part, not in the kind of danger they would be if they were still sitting in the Oval Office. Still, it's not a job any of them take lightly.
Barack Obama's team, after just a month, has already had enough. According to team leader James Pratonoski, since leaving the White House, Obama has become bitter and cruel. This morning, after attending a breakfast to benefit homeless vets of all things, Obama walked out early without ever addressing the crowd, demanding to be taken back to his palatial rental house where he could sit and stare out the window at Washington DC all day.
The team didn't have an issue with that. People have their moments. What they did take notice of that was the last straw for them was the man with the USS Indiana hat on, covered with a tattered blanket on the sidewalk. As Obama got close, the man asked for some spare change. Obama threw his hands in the air, asked the man, "Do I look like a guy who carries around spare change?" and threw a lit cigarette in his direction.
No other website has ever mentioned this "James Pratonoski" the article talks about, even looking for "Pratonoski CNBC" yields no results even though this is what is claimed as the source by the article.
This is little surprise, as the disclaimer on The Resistance: The Last Line of Defence clearly reads:
DISCLAIMER: The Resistance may include information from sources that may or may not be reliable and facts that don't necessarily exist. All articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney. Pictures that represent actual people should be considered altered and not in any way real.
In other words, it is all made up, a complete hoax and utterly false. While we wait for Snopes and other hoax busting sites to also debunk these lies the story is being shared around widely as you can see in the Trendolizer graph at the end of this article. If you notice anyone spreading the rumor around you can help by pointing them to this article here because nobody likes fake news.
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