A video of Barack Obama allegedly filmed by his father at the moment he was born in a Kenyan Hospital in 1961 is making the rounds on Internet. The one-minute footage released to Vice is reportedly an edited version of a 15-minute home-made movie.
The woman in the footage looks like the woman in familiar photo images of Obama's mother Ann Durham. It shows a maternity ward with antiquated equipment that gives the appearance of what "First World" citizens would likely imagine a "Third World" maternity looks like, with antiquated equipment, fixtures and furniture.
According to Vice, an anonymous source, "Peter R," contacted the website claiming he has in his possession, a video of Barack Obama's birth. According to "Peter," the footage was shot at a hospital in Mombasa, Kenya on August 4, 1961 by Barack Obama's father.
Vice also says that "Peter" said he has the entire 15-minute video from which he extracted the one-minute clip he made available to the site.
However, the flaws in the video that reveal that it is fake have been identified by The Atlantic Wire:
"Kenya was not an independent country when Obama was born, (8/61) so the Flag (shown in the video) is a fake. The country was under British colonial rule.
"Super 8 was not an established (film) format in 1961. 8mm (different than Super 8) was a common format, best known used in the 1963 Zapruder film of the JFK Assassination. Super 8 did not start getting popular until the mid-1960s."
The most obvious evidence, however, is that the child looks older than a new born, very likely about year old.
Digital Journal reporter also noted that the child is a full-blooded black African child and not of racially mixed-parentage as Barack Obama.
The Obama birth video, a pro-Obama satire of the 'birther conspiracy'?
"Peter" told Vice he has been reaching out to Donald Trump and other birther leaders. According to Vice:
"We were literally at a loss for words, so we asked Peter if he’d be up for an interview about his 'mind-blowing discovery,' and, this morning, he said OK and we got on the phone. The whole thing sounds f*****g bananas; that’s our official comment on the entire situation so don’t ask us anything more about it, please. We just thought you should know about it is all, whether or not it’s total b******t."
In the hilarious interview that follows, "Peter" said he got the video from an associate who contacted him from Africa. The contact told him he has a VHS transfer of the original Super-8 film. According to the contact, he got it from Obama's father who was a family friend back in the 1960s, but he kept the video private since Obama became president.
The tongue-in-cheek tone of Peter's claims and the apparent intent at satire and comedy begins to emerge when he said, unabashedly, that he was hoping Donald Trump would be willing to pay to him the $5 million he promised Obama for his college records. He said he hoped Trump was listening.
According to Peter: "So, the way I see it, that $5 million will go to waste. Maybe he’s willing to give it to me, to buy the video in its entirety. I've been contacting several of Trump’s associates, and I’m about to hopefully meet some of them either in a parking lot, or even in the lobby, and just take cash for it. I sent Trump only a single frame of the video, but since I haven’t heard back I have released this short clip in an attempt to get him to respond."
Peter explained to Vice that he wants Trump to have the video because: "It can be his legacy, basically, because his supposed 'October surprise' was very underwhelming. I mean, I keep thinking that my guy in Africa has waited until October for some reason and it’s my mission to spread it."
Baby Obama in the arms of his loving mom
In answer to the question "Are you anti-Obama?" he answers:
"I’ve got nothing against him. What’s the big deal if he was born in Kenya? Why shouldn't he be president? I mean Schwarzenegger, he was born in Austria and he was allowed to be governor. So Schwarzenegger can’t be president because of this law, this thing, either? That doesn't sound right. And who knows where America starts and ends (lol!!). Like if Obama was born in a NASA space shuttle… would that mean he wasn't really American? Like, for instance, McCain was born in an army base outside the US. Who cares.Vice asks the joker whether he believes his footage is 100 percent authentic. He answers promptly "100%."
Now, what about the African baby (a.k.a Barack Obama), who was born the size of a one-year-old, how come?
Peter's hilarious answer: "You might think the US is a fat society, but in Kenya they are born big and then they become light. Which is evidenced by the fact that today, Obama is really light and fit. That’s just the way it "
Digital Journal reporter's comment: "Peter" is evidently trying to be funny here, because the truth is the opposite of what he says. African societies are not "fat societies," not by American standards. Besides, African babies are born very light-skinned and only get darker later. The African child in the video is simply too dark skinned to be a newborn African child not to mention an African child of mixed-parentage.
Baby Obama and loving mom
Peter's tongue-in-cheek tone is obvious when he comments on the 15-minute footage of Obama's birth he claims he possesses: "It’s just like a sweet birth video… his mom and dad holding their newborn son, a few relatives mingling around, the doctors and nurses making sure little Obama is OK…"
"Peter" claims that his "African associate" has even more footage that includes Obama's birth certificate, yes, "the real one from Kenya," not the fake ones making the rounds on right-wing websites.
No doubt "Peter" hopes Trump is listening with more millions of dollars to dole out for more video clips of Obama's birth moment. Anyone could do the math: If Trump would pay $5 million for a 15-minute clip, how much would he pay for x 15-minute video clips of Obama's birth? (hint: multiply 5 by x).
Lena Durham. Obama's mom?
What message has "Peter" for those who still doubt his "irrefutable" video evidence that Obama was born a ginormously fat and full-blooded African baby in Kenya?
His answer parodies the birther argument: "I tell them try to prove that it’s not real. I mean, like Trump told the president, the ball is in your court. The ball is in your court, now, Mr. President. We have the proof; what do you have?"
Has he contacted Obama in the White House that the game is up?
"Yeah, I've been emailing them. I’m just saying you produce the Hawaii birth video. Show me the Hawaii video. This is the only video currently on the market and, in my opinion, the only video, period."
The Blaze comments deadpan on what should be obvious to anyone with any sense of humor:
"To be honest, the interview and video seem like satire to us. Still, we reached out to 'Peter R' to discuss it but did not immediately receive a response."
Is The Blaze still reaching out?