Ask FactCheck: Week ending Sept. 18

September 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
FactCheck.org answers your questions about U.S. politics.

September 18, 2009

Q:Did Obama loan $2 billion to Brazil's oil company to benefit China and George Soros?

A: The president had nothing to do with the loan, which the Export-Import Bank approved for Brazil to buy U.S.-made equipment and services.

Q: Will the White House be flying the Chinese flag on Sept. 20 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China?

A: No. The flag will fly at the Ellipse, across the street from the White House. The Chinese flag has flown on White House grounds before, though only during "official" or "state" visits from Chinese leaders.

Q: Did Obama order creation of a postage stamp to honor a Muslim holiday?

A: The first class stamp honoring Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha was first issued eight years ago. Obama has followed Bush's practice of reaching out to Muslims on Ramadan.

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