Not Barack Obama

*The White House has actually responded to a persistent Internet rumor that President Obama appeared in the 17-year-old video for Tag Team’s hit “Whoomp (There It Is).”

Folks started believing that the man in the Compton hat speaking on a large cell phone at 1:01 in the video below (and freeze framed in the photo above) went on to become the leader of the free world.  

But White House spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield squashed the growing speculation today with three simple words: “It’s not him.”

Group member DC The Brain Supreme told Gawker that the man in the video was actually a friend who went by the name L.A. Sno.