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Monday, 10 September 2012

There probably never has been an authentic birth certificate for Barack Obama

A new document in the quest to verify Barack Obama as an eligible candidate for the Presidency which he currently occupies has turned up in the British National Archives. It seems that a birth certificate was in fact issued for a son born to Barack Obama in Kenya in 1961. That these records were sealed shortly after an unannounced visit to the Archives by Secretary of State 'Clinton' does not bode well for the triumph of Truth.
The books containing hand written line records of vital events attributed to Obama [Sr.] are contained in Series RG36 of the Family Records section in the Kew branch of the BNA.  The hand written line records first discovered in 2009, indicate several events were registered to the name Barack Obama (appears to be handwritten and spelled “Burack” and “Biraq”) beginning in 1953 and include two births recorded in 1958 and 1960, a marriage license registration in 1954 and a birth in 1961.  Barack Obama [Sr.] is said to have died in 1982 and had married at least once more in Kenya and had at least one more child in 1968, but no record of these were found in the BNA because, according to the Archives’ desk reference, the events occurred after Kenya achieved independence from British colonial rule in 1963.

Here's the problem: there is good reason to suppose that when Stanley Ann Dunham fell pregnant in 1960, she didn't have a very clear idea of who the father was. At some point Barack Obama agreed to take responsibility for the pregnancy and married Stanley (no records of this marriage are accessible).  In order to capitalize on a postcolonial fascination with all things African, the legend was then developed that Barack Obama II had been born in Kenya to a happily married Barack and Stanley, while a Hawaiian birth certificate was also filed in case American citizenship should ever be needed.

I'm inclined to believe that Barack Obama is in fact the son of his legal father, but right now I haven't seen the evidence to confirm that belief, and a lot of hints at now-sealed records to call it into question.

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