I would think everyone here is familiar with the birth notices for Barack Obama from Honolulu newspapers printed in 1961. Now, literally out of nowhere, come newspaper articles from bygone years saying Obama was born elsewhere.
The first is an article from the Sunday Standard of Nairobi, Kenya, as recorded in an Internet archive from 2004. The headline is “Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate.” The article references an AP article, but research by commenters here show that the original AP article doesn’t mention “Kenyan-born”, indicating that this was an addition by the Nairobi newspaper itself. However, the newspaper doesn’t elaborate on their source of information.
The Honolulu Advertiser came up with yet a different story in January 2006. According to them, Obama was born, not in Hawaii, nor in Kenya, but in Indonesia! They said:
Both were born outside the country –” Obama in Indonesia, Duckworth in Thailand –” and graduated from high school in Honolulu –” Punahou and McKinley, respectively.
Still searching for direction the Honolulu Advertiser two years later reports that Obama was not born in the United States, but rather in the Kingdom of Hawai’i.
“Obama was born in the Hawaiian kingdom,” said Leon Siu, a Native Hawaiian and musician who brought up the issue in a column he wrote on a news Web site. “Not only was the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom illegal, it was admitted to be illegal by the United States.”
And if that weren’t enough! The All Africa Global Media (2008) in a report from Uganda puts Obama back in Kenya.
Ugandans have formed a group to mobilise support for Kenyan born-senator, Barack Obama for the US presidency.
Not to yield the last word, the Hawaii Advertiser tries that charmed third attempt to get it right in the article Obama Hawaii born, insists Isle officials, confirming:
In an attempt to quash persistent rumors that President Obama was not born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961, Hawai‘i’s health director reiterated this afternoon that she has personally seen Obama’s birth certificate in the Health Department’s archives.
“I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, director of the Hawai‘i State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health verifying Barrack Hussein Obama was born in Hawai‘i and is a natural-born American citizen.
So what does this all go to show? Newspapers aren’t always right, and the best source of information is primary evidence like a certified copy of a birth certificate, and the official statement of the Hawaii Department of Health.