Since there has been so much commentary of late on the Obama Conspiracy Theories blog about the alleged Kenyan birth certificate presented by Lucas Smith, I thought I would revisit this topic from a different angle. I originally wrote about it in the recently renamed article Orly files yet another Kenyan Birth Certificate in Barnett case (Update 2). That article dealt with my conclusion that the birth certificate was a fake. However, I want to talk here about the difficulties this document presents to the Birther movement. By nailing down certain details, the Smith certificate makes it harder to spin fanciful tales in order to explain the facts.
Let us enter the birther mindset for a bit and consider the problems the Smith certificate causes.
The Smith certificate names Obama
The Smith certificate nails down the name “Barack Hussein Obama II.”Β Birth indexes in Kenya are open records. Lucas Smith claims to have traveled to Kenya and anti-Obama author Jerome Corsi certainly did. No one reports a Barack Obama listed on the birth index. Birthers could evade this dart by claiming that Barack Obama was born under another name (say Barack Mohamed Obama)–but not if the Smith certificate stands in the way. One would think that if the Obama’s intended to create a false certificate for their son, they would have not named him the same in both countries, leading to possible discovery of fraud.
The Smith certificate zeros in on Mombasa
Mombasa has always been a problem for birthers, because it is geographically opposite the village of Obama’s family, and had no international airport. While Mombasa is an arbitrary location, it became the only location considered by the Birthers since Phil Berg named this location in his lawsuit. The Smith certificate confirms this problematic location and leaves the birthers having to explain what the Obama’s were doing in Mombasa in the first place.
The Smith certificate tightens the timeline
One of the most bizarre features of the Smith certificate is the fact that it copies the date and time of birth, down to the minute, from the COLB issued by Hawaii. The COLB indicates that the state had the birth registration in hand a scant 4 days after the birth. Birthers could, and have, argued that Obama was actually born much earlier giving time for the family to return to Hawaii and start working on the false paper trail. With the Smith certificate confirming the August 4 birth date, the clock starts ticking impossibly close to the registration. Literally Obama would have to have been born and the family immediately rush out the hospital doors for a day-long cross country trip to the airport in Nairobi, then with layovers a three-day trek back to Hawaii by air (no jets). Such a mad dash with a newborn around the world strains credibility.
Birthers typically get around this problem by positing that a Hawaiian relative filed the birth registration while the parents were traveling, but this is impossible. Hawaiian law requires the parents to file an unattended birth certificate. Someone else can only do this if the parents are “unable” and I can find no scenario where the grandmother could explain why her daughter AND son-in-law were both unable to file the certificate.
By turning general theories that can be reinvented to meet new facts–into hard time lines, names and locations, it becomes more difficult for the birthers to bob and weave and keep their theories alive. Of course, the birthers were quite happy to throw TechDude under the bus, and the first fake Kenyan birth certificate (the Bomford clone). I suspect Lucas Smith will meet the same fate.