Obama:Makes fun of potential Republican candidates

Donald Trump took the jokes leveled at him in stride. I personally think Donald Trump himself is a joke. I think most conservative republicans think the same. Take a look at what Tolbert wrote on the subject.

Jason Tolbert wrote yesterday:

Over the last decade, we have become a society obsessed with reality shows. That culture seems to be bleeding over to presidential politics.

How so?

Well, three of the top contenders — at least to some degree — are already reality show stars. Donald Trump of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” Mike Huckabee of Fox News’ “Huckabee,” and Sarah Palin of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” all are mentioned in the same breath as Republican Primary 2012.

In fairness, unlike the winners of Big Brother or Survivor, these three were well-known pre-primetime TV.

Donald Trump’s fame was mostly based on being filthy rich. A real estate developer and owner of hotels and casinos across the country, Trump’s net wealth is somewhere in the millions, although no one really knows for sure. He has practiced a tradition of putting his name “Trump” on virtually everything he owns, increasing the public perception of him as a mega-rich guy.

Yahoo News reported this morning in the article “Obama ridicules, Trump at Correspondents’ dinner, mocks ‘birther’ crusade” by Rachel Rose Hartman:

 

After weeks of keeping his thoughts about Donald Trump largely to himself, President Obama on Saturday night ridiculed the real estate magnate in front of a live televised audience at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, D.C.

As Trump and wife Melania sat among the guests gathered at the Washington Hilton, Obama poked fun at Trump’s reality show, said Trump lacked the “credentials” to be president, and mocked the businessman’s recent crusade to get Obama to release his long-form birth certificate.

“I know that he’s taken some flack lately,” Obama said of Trump. “But no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald.”

But then the president quickly changed gears. “And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like–did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are  Biggie and Tupac?” Obama said, referencing rap icons Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.

You can watch Obama’s 19-minute speech in its entirety below:

But Obama didn’t stop at making light of the mutual infatuation of Trump and the birther movement.

The president next mocked Trump’s background, saying, “All kidding aside. Obviously we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience,” a dig at Trump’s political background that evoked laughter from the audience of journalists, politicians and celebrities.

Obama then chose to reference a recent episode of “Celebrity Apprentice” that featured Trump, the star of the program, firing actor Gary Busey instead of singer Meatloaf and rapper Lil Jon in an Omaha Steak challenge. “And these are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night,” Obama said as the audience roared with laughter and applause. “Well handled, sir. Well handled.”

It’s typical for the speeches at the annual dinner to play out as a roast, poking fun at the self-importance of the national political scene. But Obama’s lampooning of Trump and the birther crusade held special significance, since the Correspondents Dinner festivities marked the first time the president and Trump were in the same room since Trump began his highly publicized campaign to get Obama to release his birth certificate.

The president made fun of the controversy, saying that he was prepared to “go a step further.”

“Tonight, for the first time, I am releasing my official birth video,” he told the audience. But then he played a clip of lion Simba’s birth in Disney’s cartoon movie The Lion King.

“I want to make clear to the Fox News table–that was a joke,” the president said of the Disney clip.

Obama also made some jokes at his own expense, noting how his “honeymoon” as president was over and referencing the perception that he’s too professorial and arrogant. At the star-studded gala, he also paused to note that he’s even losing support from Hollywood—a mainstay of fundraising for the president’s 2008 campaign. (Though he dinged actor Matt Damon for the celebrity’s recent criticism, saying “Matt, I just saw ‘The Adjustment Bureau,’ so right back at you, buddy.”)

Obama also joked about starting conspiracy theories about his potential 2012 opponents: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was born in Canada; Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has the middle name “Hosni”; Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is Chinese; and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney passed universal health care. (The last allegation, of course, falls into the “funny because it’s true” category, since Romney had presided over the passage of a state-level version of the same individual-mandate plan that Obama signed into law in 2010.)

The light-hearted evening was interspersed with more serious matters. The Correspondents Association issued awards students and journalists for their achievements, while also honoring journalists abroad who have lost their lives or faced grave physical hazards in the course of their work.

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  • Kevin  On May 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Hey how about the Tom Coburn and John Ensign presidential ticket, it represents what the GOP is, rather than what they profess to be. But I guess it would be like the Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump presidential ticket, right?

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