Orly Taitz, World Net Daily, and the loons over at Free Republic having all been going crazy over this document, which purports to be a record of the birth of Barack Obama at Coast General Hospital on August 4, 1961:
Looks convincing, huh ? Well, not so much.
First of all, there’s a question of why a birth registration record would be issued in 1964 for a child born three years earlier who was not even living in the country at the time. This is significant because any original birth record would be a British colonial record, not a Kenyan record. Kenya was still a British colony in 1961, and did not become independent until December 12, 1963.
This leads to the second problem with the purported birth certificate. From December 12, 1963 until December 12, 1964, the official title of Kenya was the Dominion of Kenya. It wasn’t until a year later, on December 12, 1964 that the Republic of Kenya came into existence. And yet, the document above, issued on February 17, 1964 purports to have been issued on behalf of the Office of Principal Registrar, Coast Province, Republic of Kenya.
Finally, this actually allegation has come up before, albeit without documentary “proof” purporting to establish it, and seemingly debunked:
The document, supposedly “certified with an embossed seal” and “witness signatures” says America’s next commander in chief was born at Coast Province General Hospital in Mombasa at 7:24pm on August 4, 1961.
Officials at the hospital confirm they’ve been besieged with requests for information on Obama’s birth but haven’t been able to find any record of it.
“We do not have computerized records going back to the 1960’s and can only sort through our archives by hand,” Dr. Christopher Mwanga, an administrator at the Mombasa hospital tells GLOBE. “We have searched for all the names of babies born on Aug. 4, 1961, and have not found the name of Barack Hussein Obama. That is all I can tell you.”
The hospital has no records, and yet there’s this document, purportedly created three years after Obama’s birth, by officials of a country that wouldn’t exist for another ten months, that has miraculously appeared.
Something tells me that the birthers are going to be sadly disappointed when this one is revealed for the forgery it most likely is.
Update: First of all, welcome Andrew Sullivan readers and thanks for the link, Andrew !
Second, a point about the document above that I neglected to mention before. It’s worth noting that what we’ve been presented with is a photograph of a document. It’s not a PDF or other similar image that would generated had the document been scanned with an optical scanner. The only reason I can think that someone would do that would be to hide as many of the obvious forgery flaws as they could.
Update # 2: Dr. Conspiracy points out a few other inconsistencies on the face of the document:
There are various internal inconsistencies that have been pointed out that suggest that the Kenyan certificate is more a hoax than a forgery (e.g. the certificate number 47,044 – Obama was 47 years old when he became the 44th president of the US and that the name of the Registrar, E. F. Lavender, is also a brand of handwash).
If there was a Strike Four, that’d be it.
Update # 3 Just a note that there seems to be a bug with the comments for this post. Approved comments are not showing up on the comments page at the moment. Rest assured that if you’ve left a comment, I’ve approved it. I’m trying to figure out what the problem is, but it may be related to the amount of traffic the page has received.
Update # 4 Comments are now visible. Apparently, my hosting company had moved a static version of the page to a separate server yesterday due to the large amount of traffic it was getting. Comment away !