It’s possible to buy a fake birth certificate direct from Kenya for about $100 (I have one for myself around here somewhere). Real Kenyan certificates typically consist of a government official hand typing information from the birth registry onto a form and then certifying it.
What we see here is a very badly done fake certificate today in a longish video attributed to the anonymous TheSmokingGun. (The new certificate appears at 20:14 in the video.) This certificate is obviously not an official record. First, an official certificate would be typed, not hand written. Second, the date format is in the US order (month, day, year) instead of the Kenyan format (day, month, year). The paper wrinkle pattern is a nice touch in a fake because in some minds wrinkled = old. Real official documents are rarely wrinkled and birth certificates are important documents, not something one wads up and puts in a drawer. But when real documents are wrinkled, the printing gets wrinkled along with the paper!
The big give away is the contradiction in the document itself. It says “BIRTH in Coast Provincial General Hospital in the city of Mombasa” but below it says under Where and when born “King George VI Hospital” (in Nairobi). A final kiss of death is the legend at the bottom:
THIS DOCUMENT certifies and affirms that the registrant is a native-born citizen of the Kenya Colony of the United Kingdom and is duly a subject of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Certified and affirmed by Her Majesty’s Office of Vital Documents for Kenya Colony, municipality of Nairobi.
That’s a phrase that only a birther could love, but it’s not from a Kenyan birth certificate. In fact there is not a single occurrence (before this article) of the phrase “citizen of the Kenya Colony” on the entire Internet, says Google and Bing. Why? Because they were subjects, not citizens. (No wonder comments are disabled on the video site, so that folks can’t point out the obvious inconsistencies.)
Most of the video consists of reading authentic excerpts from speeches from the Parliament, one of which appears to say that President Obama was born in Kenya (however, there is no reason to believe that the speaker in Kenya had any actual information about Obama’s birthplace) and rehashing Kenyan stories that we’ve discussed in the past.
The video is also a classic example of conspiracy thinking, with normal events linked together to form a web of conspiracy (here US efforts to prevent AIDS in Africa are seen as payback to a Mombasa hospital for hiding that the President was born there). Much of what we see from birthers is just a dump of arguments, but here we see the threads of the conspiracy developed.