I just finished a 20-minute phone interview with Peter Rehnquist, the fellow who has made available a video that purports to show Barack Obama being born in Kenya. Due to technical problems, my recording of the interview didn’t work, so this will have to come from memory.
In my previous article, I pointed out a number of points folks have made that led them doubt the authenticity of the video. I asked Mr. Rehnquist how he reacted to the fact that the video is being met with skepticism everywhere. He replied by saying that he believes the video is authentic, inviting me, and he sounded sincere, to prove that it was not.
So we went through some of the issues already discussed on the blog.
- The wrong flag? He claimed that that image “was in existence” in 1961 although not yet adopted. (No proof offered.)
- Big baby with teeth? He said that some babies have teeth. (This is true 1 of 2000 births.) Then he suggested that perhaps the video was actually a re-enactment made by Obama Sr. in Kenya when Barack was 6 months old. He really suggested that! I pointed out that baby Obama was seen by Governor Abercrombie of Hawaii within a few weeks of the birth. Mr. Rehnquist said perhaps they went back and forth to Africa.
- Calendar on the wall marked, but later in the video not marked? He said that maybe there were two calendars, the second shot done because the first was fuzzy. (Of course no one could know that the first one was fuzzy until after the film was developed days later.)
- I asked Mr. Rehnquist specifically where the video was taken, and he said Mombasa. I asked about the King George VI hospital photo from Nairobi on the wall. He thought the two hospitals might have had the “same owners”. I asked why it wasn’t framed; he said it as a poster.
- When I started talking about the video format, it was obvious that he was aware of the objections made that Super 8 video didn’t exist in 1961, answering before I mentioned that detail. He said that maybe that was a “typo” and it really was regular 8 mm. I had asked him whether he had seen the full 15 minutes of the video and he said that he had; however, further conversation made this muddy. Apparently he himself has not handled the film. His “contact in Kenya” sent him the images “on a DVD”. He said something, and the Skype connection garbled it, about his contact perhaps being persuaded to release more of the video. He also mentioned something about $10,000 necessary to get access to the film. He mentioned that Donald Trump should pay some money to get the whole film.
- I specifically questioned him about the fact that the video was shot at 24 frames per second when amateur 8mm equipment runs at 16 frames per second. This one took him by surprise. He asked me if 24 FPS technology didn’t exist in 1961, and of course I said that it did, for professional equipment. He said that perhaps they brought in a “big camera” to take the film – lots of “rich people went to that hospital”. (The film is clearly of amateur quality.)
- I said I didn’t think the woman in the film was Ann Dunham. He thought it was.
I am only guessing here, but the fellow sounded sincere, and that he sincerely wanted to believe that the film was authentic and was asking me to help him understand objections to the film’s authenticity. He kept mentioning his “Kenyan contact” as the one who was making the decisions, who would provide explanations to objections, who was wanting $10,000, who had the original footage, and who controlled what would be released or not. The hospital scene looks very African to me, and the flag of Kenya pin on the doctor is something much easier to obtain in Kenya than here. What Rehnquist said sounded so very much like the email exchanges that I had with a Kenyan detective a while back who was trying to lead me on to send him more money for a “spy cam” video from a Mombasa hospital of a contemporary interview. (I shared with Mr. Rehnquist a little of my experience with the Kenyan detective.)
It was a cordial call and he gave me permission to publish the recording, which I wish had worked out.
Just moments after I got off the phone, I got an email from blog commenter bgansel9 sharing a link that they also posted on my other article, pointing out that the distinctive x-ray artwork that appears on the calendar in the video was done by photographer Steven N. Meyers, in 2005 according to the artist. bgansel9 also provided a link to the 2013 calendar with that image. You can buy your own copy of the 2013 calendar here. I suppose that it is just coincidence that August 4 is a Friday in both 1961 and in 2013. bgansel9 is hereby awarded a gold star junior detective award from Obama Conspiracy Theories.
Just for reference, here’s the calendar image from the video.
And here is the image from the back of the 2013 calendar.
After receiving these images, I sent an email to Mr. Rehnquist saying:
I regret to inform you that your contact in Africa is attempting to defraud you. I just learned a couple minutes ago that the calendar on the wall in the video is a 2013 calendar with "1961" put on it. The flower image is modern. See here to order the calendar:
Here is an image showing the picture from the calendar in the video.
The artist who did the images didn’t start doing this kind of work until 1971.
I hope you haven’t lost any money.