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Check out TheBlaze's exclusive interview with the man who uploaded the video, and hear his explanations of some of the curious inaccuracies.
So, an "anonymous source" has sent Vice magazine a one-minute video that purports to be home footage of President Barack Obama's birth in a Kenyan hospital.
Titled, "Obama Sr filmimg his sons birth in Kenya" [sic], the camera conspicuously focuses on "Ann Dunham's" hospital chart and a Kenyan flag sticker before panning to a woman seemingly in labor. A suspiciously large (for a newborn) baby is then pulled from a tangle of sheets and the umbilical cord is cut. The woman cuddles the baby while the nurse and doctor applaud and the Aug. 4, 1961 date flashes.
Here's part of Vice's interview [CONTENT WARNING: VICE IS FILLED WITH GRAPHIC AND SEXUAL CONTENT -- CLICK WITH CAUTION] with "Peter R.," listed as the uploader of the video. He told Vice he was trying to get the footage to Donald Trump, a longtime skeptic of the president's country of birth:
VICE: Where did you acquire this video that you purport to be footage of President Barack Obama’s birth?
Peter R: An associate from Africa contacted me and said that he had a VHS transfer of the original Super-8 film. I know him from my business trips and he decided to just give me this thing. He said it’s something he got from Obama’s father, a family friend, in the 60s and he’s kept it under wraps ever since Obama entered politics. Up until then, only my friend, his sister, and Obama’s immediately family had seen it—and now myself and the world.
And you believe this footage to be 100 percent authentic?
I have no reason to doubt it.
Well, that baby is massive. It looks like it’s at least a year old.
Babies are born heavy all the time; I see no issue with that. And I assure you, most of the general public has no idea how big infants are in Kenya.
You might think the US is a fat society, but in Kenya they are born big and then they become light. Which is evidenced by the fact that today, Obama is really light and fit. That’s just the way it is.
What do you say to people who will undoubtedly claim that this is a fake, and that you or someone else manufactured it?
I tell them try to prove that it’s not real. I mean, like Trump told the president, the ball is in your court. The ball is in your court, now, Mr. President. We have the proof; what do you have?
As one Vice reader pointed out, Super 8 film was not introduced until 1965, four years after Obama was born, and the Kenyan flag shown was not adopted until 1963.
To be honest, the interview and video seem like satire to us. Still, we reached out to "Peter R." to discuss it but did not immediately receive a response.