IN SHORT: In the original 2009 video, the former US president talks to students in Turkey. The altered version from 2010 is a spoof. The 2023 clip is claimed as fact. But Barack Obama was born in the US.
“Some people say that maybe I’m not an American citizen, and some people say, ah, he has a forged birth certificate,” he seems to say.
“Well, first of all, it’s true I’m not an American. I was not born in Hawaii. I wasn’t born in the United States of America. I come from Kenya.”
Some versions of the video include text that quotes article 2 of the US constitution: “No Person except for a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President ...”
This means that if you weren’t born in the US, you can’t be its president.
Recent comments on the video include:
Barrack Obama admits that he was born in Kenya! Obama was an illegitimate President of the United States! #constitutionallaw #Constitution.
The "Messiah" Barack Obama admits he was born in Kenya. The lies were spread through the media. This makes Obama an illegitimate POTUS, just like Biden.
Obama admits he was born in Kenya- proof.
But is this really what Obama says in the video? We checked.
The birther conspiracy theory
Obama, a member of the Democratic Party and the first black president of the US, served two four-year terms from 2009 to 2017. His father was a citizen of Kenya and his mother a US citizen. The two met in Hawaii, where Obama was born in 1961.
The claim that he was born in Kenya and was ineligible for the presidency emerged during his 2008 campaign.
A spoof, a hoax, a parody
The video is titled Birther’s Delight. Text at the start of the video describes it as a spoof, a hoax and a “light parody”, intended to “gently satirize” or deceive. It wasn’t presented as the truth.
The YouTuber gives a link to the video used as the source of their spoof. The page no longer exists. But using keywords in the URL – “Obama, roundtable, Istanbul” – we were able to find the original video.
The original video can be found on the Obama White House YouTube channel. The 38-second spoof clip was taken from a 44-minute long video, and starts about 15 minutes in.
This is what Obama actually said in those 38 seconds:
Some people say that maybe I'm being too idealistic. I made a speech in Prague about maybe reducing and ultimately eliminating nuclear weapons. And some people said that will never happen. And some people have said why are you discussing the Middle East when it's not going to be possible for the Israelis and the Palestinians to come together. Or why are you reaching out to the Iranians, because the US and Iran can never agree on anything.
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