Four Simple Questions

On Facebook, a post is making the rounds which asks “4 Simple Question” and provide answers to each question.  The problem?  None of the answers provided are correct.  Here are the questions and the correct answers with a local twist:

Question 1

Back in 1961 people of color were called “Negroes.” So how can the Obama ‘birth certificate’ state he is “African-American” when the term wasn’t even used at that time?

Answer: Obama’s birth certificate does not state he is “African-American.”  In fact, the birth certificate does not have a space for the race of the baby.  The space for “Race of Father” is filled in with the word “African.”

Question 2

The birth certificate that the White House released lists Obama’s birth as August 4, 1961 & Lists Barack Hussein Obama as his father. No big deal, right? At the time of Obama’s birth, it also shows that his father is aged 25 years old, and that Obama’s father was born in “Kenya , East Africa.”  This wouldn’t seem like anything of concern, except the fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963, two whole years after Obama’s birth, and 27 years after his father’s birth. How could Obama’s father have been born in a country that did not yet exist? Up and until Kenya was formed in 1963, it was known as the “Kenya Colony.”

Answer:  The “fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963” is not true.  There are many references to Kenya in books and newspapers prior to 1961.  Searching locally in the February 6. 1952 edition of the Bend Bulletin we find references to Kenya; one the World Morns Passing of England’s Monarch and other in End Peaceful As Sovereign Dies in Sleep.  You can view this edition of the Bend Bulletin for yourself at the Des Chutes Historical Museum.

Question 3

On the Birth Certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is “Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital.”  This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called “KauiKeolani Children’s Hospital” and “Kapi’olani Maternity Home”, respectively. The name did not change to Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged. How can this particular name of the hospital be on a birth certificate dated 1961 if this name had not yet been applied to it until 1978?

Answer:  The hospital listed on the birth certificate is “Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital.” Despite the claim that the hospital did not exist until 1978, the name, “Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital” can be found in newspapers and books before and after August 4, 1961. Here are some examples: Google search,  Social Service in Hawaii, American law reports annotated.  You can find one of these books at Portland State University’s library.

Question 4

Perhaps a clue comes from Obama’s book on his father. He states how proud he is of his father fighting in WW II. I’m not a math genius, so I may need some help from you. Barack Obama’s “birth certificate” says his father was 25 years old in 1961 when he was born. That should have put his father’s date of birth approximately 1936—if the math holds. WW II was basically between 1939 and 1945. Just how many 3 year olds fight in wars? Even in the latest stages of WW II his father wouldn’t have been more than 9. Does that mean that Mr. Obama is a liar, or simply chooses to alter the facts to satisfy his imagination or political purposes (still qualifies as a “liar”)?

Answer:  This question has no truth. Obama’s “book on his father” is Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.    There is no reference to Obama’s “father fighting in WW II” in this book.  To verify for yourself, you can check this book out from the Deschutes Public Library.