A mystery Imam started the Mombasa birth rumor ...
“The Imam is the grandson of the late Imam who blessed Barack Obama when he was born in Mombasa on the 4th of august 1961.”
Thank you! Mystery solved. That pretty much wraps up all my unanswered questions about birther myths. It all makes sense now.
Birthism provides an amazing insights into the development of irrational beliefs among population groups.
It might even have some application in behavioral economics!
What’s your take on it?
Nearly five hundred posts in this thread, and I think Sven was the only person to actually take a stab at identifying the origin of ‘Mombasa’ in the eligibility narrative. And no, it was not a “mystery Imam” who started the Mombasa rumor.
You want the real origin? In June 2008, Wayne Madsen of Online Journal wrote:
“In this case, it is a birth certificate from the Kenyan city of Mombasa registering the birth of Barack Obama Jr. on August 4, 1961. However, the registration is a common practice in African countries whose citizens abroad have families with foreign nationals. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to his mother Ann Dunham of Wichita, Kansas and Barack Obama, Sr. of Nyangoma-Kogelo, Kenya.”
Madsen further claimed that right-wing media outlets would suggest that Obama was Constitutionally barred from the Presidency due to a birth in Mombasa, Kenya. Madsen wrote that the GOP operatives would produce a Mombasa birth certificate showing Obamas birth mother to be a light-skinned Kenyan Arab woman, as well as photographs showing a very unpregnant Ann Dunham on a Waikiki beach the month before his birth.
Obviously, none of these predictions actually came true. No GOP “dirty tricks operatives” (Madsen’s term) ever produced a Mombasa birth certificate, no beach photographs of an unpregnant Ann ever materialized, and the “light-skinned Kenyan Arab woman” rumor never happened.
Now, it’s very evident from reading Madsen’s articles that he’s simply sharing untrue rumors that he believes Republicans would be using in the future. Madsen makes it abundantly clear that he doesn’t actually believe Obama was born in Kenya, much less in Mombasa.
Madsen’s mention of Mombasa didn’t attract much of any attention until Phil Berg cited it in his August 2008 complaint, saying:
“Wayne Madsen, Journalist with Online Journal was a contributing writer and published an article on June 9, 2008 stating the GOP sent a research team to Mombasa, Kenya and located a Certificate Registering the birth of Barack Obama, Jr. at a Maternity Hospital, to his father, a Kenyan Citizen and his mother, a U.S. Citizen.”
THAT is where the idea of a Mombasa birthplace came from. From a story about nasty campaign rumors written by a guy who didn’t believe them.