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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke September 6, 2023

Tafari Campbell’s widow didn’t expose the Obama family, contrary to social media claims

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  • This video offers no evidence that the wife of the late Tafari Campbell, personal chef to the Obama family, "exposed" the Obama family in any way or blamed them for her husband’s death. We also found no evidence to support the claim.

Tafari Campbell, who was the Obama family’s personal chef, drowned accidentally more than a month ago. But conspiracy theories and rumors linger online that cast aspersions on the former president. 

"Barack Obama’s late chef’s wife comes out to expose Obama family," a video caption on a Sept. 1 Facebook post says. 

But the video doesn’t address a supposed "exposure." In fact, it doesn’t mention Campbell or his wife at all.

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Rather than elaborating on the allegation that Campbell’s widow recently exposed the Obama family, the video’s narrator delves into an old debunked claim that the late comedian, Joan Rivers, was killed after she made comments about former President Barack Obama’s sexuality and former first lady Michelle Obama’s gender identity. 

Neither Obama was home when Campbell was seen July 23 struggling in the water while paddleboarding near the family’s Martha Vineyard’s summer home off the Massachusetts coast. 

The Massachusetts chief medical examiner ruled Campbell’s drowning death accidental. 

We found no evidence or news reports that Campbell’s wife has exposed the family in any way or blamed the Obamas for her late husband’s death. 

On the Instagram account of her baking and catering business, she wrote July 25: "My heart is broken. My life and our family’s life is forever changed. Please pray for our families as I deal with the loss of my husband."

We rate this post False.


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