What are they really hiding?

The Obama birth certificate truthers (discussed in these posts) have suffered a setback in light of the discovery of a birth notice in the August 1961 Honululu Advertiser.


However, they're apparently gearing up with new questions, like "Have you noticed that there are no photos of Obama as an infant?"

Actually, I don't usually spend much time with baby pictures, although I've recently been forced to go through my own as I consolidate things in preparation for moving. However, I remembered that I did see a picture of Obama as a baby, shown here with his mother:

baby Barack Obama.jpg

What this proves is absolutely amazing. Barack Obama was once a baby! And his mother seems actually to have held him!

What will the Truthers say?

Hot Air concludes that the Advertiser notice ought to end the nonsense:

Unless someone wants to argue that the Advertiser decided to participate in a conspiracy at Obama's birth in 1961 to provide false citizenship on the off-chance that an infant from a union of a Kenyan father and a teenage mother would run for President, then I'd say the "mystery" is over.
Well, not only might the Advertiser story be a forgery, but the baby pictures might be forged!

What proof do we have that Barack Obama was ever born at all?

I mean, the Truthers are spinning their wheels trying to show he's an alien, right?

What if he's this kind of alien?


I see a striking resemblance.

And I'm not the first to notice:


It's waaay too early to say "case closed."

Aren't Americans entitled to know the Truth?

posted by Eric on 07.24.08 at 11:08 AM


Nice try. How can you prove the child in that photo is of Barack? Or that the woman is his mother?

And did you notice that the birth notice only lists a "son," and says nothing about his name or religion? Proves nothing.

In fact, what proof do you offer that you're not part of the conspiracy? Bear in mind that for the alien abduction segment of the UFO people, lack of memory of an abduction is a strong indication that an abduction did actually take place.

So weigh your response carefully, be sure it will be scrupulously parsed.

Steve Skubinna   ·  July 24, 2008 11:51 AM

They must have used some kind of reverse aging software too. That baby looks too much like the adult Barry O. to be real! :)

kimsch   ·  July 24, 2008 1:21 PM

kimsch may be right--that baby looks so much like Obama that it can't really be a baby Obama! And Eric, you go too far when you say his mother held him. Clearly, he is sitting on the fence (go figure) with his mother providing no more than balance. "Held" is an outrageous exaggeration.

tim maguire   ·  July 24, 2008 2:54 PM

At first I was thinking Obama couldn't be a grey (alien) because the greys don't have ears and his are huge, but then I realized his prop shop just went overboard on the disguise.

They're stuck to his head with spirit gum, you betcha.

Heather   ·  July 24, 2008 4:49 PM

Yea, that baby looks a little adult like to me.

Christopher Hamilton   ·  July 24, 2008 4:55 PM

What happened to the infant's hair?

A sure give away.

M. Simon   ·  July 24, 2008 5:41 PM

Conspiracy theories are fun! Some even insightful, and many embraced, eventually.

On the other hand..."conspiracists"...the theory developers... are ALWAYS seen as loons.

Why is that exactly?

(Scientists, mathmeticians, religious leaders, politicians, psych's(ologists or chiatrists),marketers, performance artists, clowns and conspiracists' opinions are most welcomed, and self identifying as one of the above is much appreciated. If you are not one of the above, but like me...just say "regular").

This is a serious inquiry on my part. I know it sounds snarky, but it isn't.

Penny   ·  July 25, 2008 4:49 AM

Aren't Americans entitled to know the Truth?

It is the one entitlement program the Democrats are against.

M. Simon   ·  July 25, 2008 7:58 PM

Jeez, everyone knows that Barack was born in Hawaii. In a manger.

Jim - PRS   ·  July 25, 2008 10:53 PM

Look, these guys claiming Obama isn't American are probably a bunch of pathetic racists who don't want a black man as president. Some people have some stupidly romantic notions about conspiracy theories.

Conspiracy theories are fun! Some even insightful, and many embraced, eventually.

You'll have to name a few so we're on the same page as to what constitutes a conspiracy theory. I honestly can't think of any honest to god conspiracy that has turned out to have had more than a grain of truth.

Even when there are genuine conspiracies, the facts are usually far more mundane than the theory.

On the other hand..."conspiracists"...the theory developers... are ALWAYS seen as loons.

Only a small minority of conspiracy theorists are the lovable loons.

Some are widely held, like the Kennedy assassination. Is that what you mean by "embraced?" Because that theory only exists because the left couldn't come to grips with the fact that one of their own, a Communist, killed their man. And that's why liberals embrace it: it fulfills their pre-existing belief that America is full of hate and they are full of love.

The vast majority of theories are perpetuated by cynical hypocrites, con-artists or very nasty bigots. UFO conspiracy theorists are trying to sell you their stupid book or website or whatever. They prey on people who are scared of things that go bump in the night and exacerbate those fears to keep them buying. The conspiracy theories that the income tax is unlawful is an incredibly vicious con that has landed many people in jail or deep in debt. The 9/11 truthers are a despicable bunch, and the Holocaust deniers are the nastiest anti-Semites you'll ever meet, aside from the people who keep pushing the Protocols.

None of those theories are embraced because, frankly, they're hateful or cynical in one way or another. And none of those theories represent thoughtful debate or honest and open discussion. We're being quite tolerant in simply dismissing them as loons.

ben   ·  July 26, 2008 3:18 PM

I've thought this for a while. He's been sent by an advanced alien race to observe us. Their version of Star Trek's "prime directive" explains perfectly why he's never sponsored significant legislation or provided a crucial vote on anything: He's only allowed to observe. This new movie where Eddie Murphy is actually a vehicle for tiny extraterrestrials is, like "Men in Black", propaganda to both assess and prepare the public for the eventual revelation. When Obama talks about curing all the sick and lowering sea levels, he's different from the average politician in that he actually has all the technology neccessary to do so.

SuperMike   ·  July 28, 2008 1:57 PM

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