The claim: picture of Barack Obama"s birth certificate reflects he was born in Kenya

Fake images of former President Barack Obama"s birth certificate have been turn on society media because that years, and one is again circulating widely.

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A on facebook user shared picture on Sept. 22 that what purports to display Obama"s birth certificate. The birth certificate has the native "Coast province General Hospital" and also "Mombasa, brothers Protectorate the Kenya" in ~ the top, implying that Obama to be born in Kenya.

The image generated an ext than 70 share in much less than a week. 

"I never ever posted it together real, yet as a meme," the on facebook user told USA TODAY.

Experts say mim are regularly used to spread misinformation under the guise of humor or satire. But that doesn"t even apply in this case since the post contained no accompanying text or overlay regular with a meme.

It"s just wrong.

The birth certificate shown in the image is fake. Obama was born in Hawaii, not Kenya, according to his actual bear certificate, i beg your pardon was published through the White House during his presidency.


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"Birther" conspiracy theorists have long made false claims about where Obama to be born. The false claim surfaced in 2004 and persists even now. 

Obama"s genuine birth certificate

The bear certificate the on facebook user mutual claiming Obama to be born in Kenya was the same one tweeted by Malik Obama, the president"s half brother in 2017 with the caption, "Surely. What"s this?"


According to Yahoo News, Malik has actually a strained connection with his half brother and likewise backed now-former chairman Donald Trump, one of the best voices of the “birther” conspiracy that cases Barack Obama isn"t a U.S. Citizen. 

But the bear certificate displayed here is fake. Obama to be born in Honolulu ~ above Aug. 4, 1961, according to his actual birth certificate published by the White House. A long-form variation of the birth certificate also published through the White House shows the Hawaii department of Health certifying this is a true copy at the bottom in print.

"In fact, the document posted ~ above the campaign website is what Hawaiians use to obtain a driver’s patent from the state and the document recognized by the federal Government and also the courts for every legal purposes," Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer stated on the White House website in 2011. "That’s since it is the bear certificate. This is not and should no be an open up question."

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Obama additionally addressed the publishing of his birth certificate in a speech on April 27, 2011.

"We"ve had actually every official in Hawaii, Democrat and also Republican, every news outlet that has actually investigated this, check that, yes, in fact, i was born in Hawaii, august 4, 1961, in Kapiolani Hospital," Obama said in his speech.

"Birther" conspiracy theory questions Obama"s eligibility

Claims about Obama"s location of birth began in 2004 as he became more prominent on the nationwide stage, according to Politico. Political enemies tried come circulate falsehoods around Obama"s heritage and also religion.

When Obama ran for president in 2008, the "birther" conspiracy philosophers questioned even if it is he to be eligible come serve.

Some Hillary Clinton supporters doubted Obama’s citizenship throughout the autonomous campaign, but Clinton herself and her project were no a part of these rumors, follow to Politico. A nationwide Review blogger inquiry the Obama campaign to i announced his birth certificate to placed to rest questions about his origin.

The Obama campaign published his bear certificate top top its website, "Fight the Smears," i beg your pardon debunked false rumors, and also gave that to daily Kos, a free website, according come Politico. 


FactCheck.org examined and photographed the initial birth certificate and also concluded the it met every one of the needs from the State Department because that proving U.S. Citizenship.

This didn"t stop civilization from turn around fake bear certificates online.

In 2009, PolitiFact debunked another fake bear certificate, which declared to come from the Republic of Kenya, date Feb. 17, 1964. However Kenya only ended up being a Republic in December 1964.

Reuters also debunked a version of the Kenyan bear certificate that resurfaced in 2020.

Our rating: False

Based on our research, we price FALSE the claim an image of Obama"s birth certificate shows he was born in Kenya. Obama"s genuine birth certificate shows that he to be born in Honolulu ~ above Aug. 4, 1961.

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Our fact-check sources:

Obama White residence via archives.gov, April 27, 2011, President Obama"s Long kind Birth Certificate

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