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Obama Slams Trump With Perfect Comic Delivery (Video)

by Caryn James
May 1, 2011 3:29 AM
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President Obama did two nearly impossible things at the jokey White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday: he outperformed a genuine comedian (Seth Meyers was very good but Obama was even better) and he successfully made Voldemart - uh, I mean Donald Trump - look as ridiculous as he should have been looking these past weeks.

Here's the video of the President's monologue.

Don't miss the hilarous taped bit at the start when he promises to reveal his actual birth video, then shows a clip from The Lion King. Even better, his deadpan followup: "I want to make clear to the Fox News table - that was a joke. That was not my real birth video. That was a childrens' cartoon." The camera cut to Bill O'Reilly, not exactly writhing with laughter.

But the best Obama jokes were direct targets at Trump. Speaking with faux seriousness about the game-show host's vast experience, Obama pointed to a competition about a steakhouse on The Celebrity Apprentice and noted that Trump did not scapegoat Meat Loaf, he fired Gary Busey. With perfect delivery, Obama added: "These are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night."

It was revealing that Trump sat there sour and stony-face during most of the jokes from Obama and Meyers, which is pretty much a violation of Politics 101. The White House Correspondents' Dinner demands that you at least pretend to be good-humored when people make fun of you, not behave like a bully who can dish it out but can't take it.

Obama also suggested that several Republican candidates might not have been born in this country. Maybe Michele Bachmann is really Canadian? Interesting that he left Sarah Palin off that list. He seemed happy, even relieved, to be able to strike back, finally.

And he even made a Michelle Obama joke about what happened at the White House Easter celebration. He went around handing candy to children; Michelle ran after him snatching it out of their hands. That is smart, laugh-at-yourself politics.

(Seth Meyers's monologue has finally appeared online too; you can find it here.)

You have to see and hear Obama's delivery to appreciate how deft this skewering was.

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  • Intelligent Humans Everywhere | February 24, 2013 11:07 PMReply

    This is why Obama is the best thing to happen to America in decades.
    Look at the pickled faces of that arrogant prick Trump and that idiot nut-job O'Reilly.
    F'n useless human excrement.

    GObama !!!

  • Malek Deng | April 29, 2012 5:43 PMReply

    I hope us well.

  • childmilestar | May 4, 2011 1:38 AMReply


  • Luke | May 2, 2011 7:55 AMReply

    Lighten up guys. George W Bush did the same thing. Its tradition. God.

  • annie | May 2, 2011 4:35 AMReply

    the president is not makinga mockery of this great country he is simply trying to show us that all the nonsence that has been in the medea is a distraction from what really matters and a ploy to take "our eye from the prize" it is sad that he had to go to that extreme to bring some people back to reality but i hope this will open their the critics_ it is easy to be critical or nagitive ask yourselves how much energy you've spent in a lifetime on promoting possitive change that encourages good health and prosperity for all- or how much have you even ever spent helping another with anything??? that ahould be our focus- we call ourselves a great nation- not a great person!!!

  • Barbara | May 2, 2011 2:55 AMReply

    So glad that Obama one upped the Republicans. Wish we could put a muzzle on all of them. You too, Mr. Trump.

  • CrazyS | May 2, 2011 2:09 AMReply

    Wonderful! These GOP nut-jobs are whats really bringing this country down these racist pricks didn't say a word when Bush REALLY brought this country down, but this man is trying his best to fix it and actually is doing so and these people cant see past the color of his skin! I was like this when I was younger but I grew out of it they should do the same!

  • Upton O'Goode | May 1, 2011 11:52 AMReply

    The truth spoken with good humor and a backbone of steel. Loved the glint in your eye Mr. President.

  • Anne Thompson | May 1, 2011 10:40 AMReply

    Loved the Trump disses--and the back at you Matt Damon on The Adjustment Bureau.

  • TrumpSchooled | May 1, 2011 7:59 AMReply

    Trump asked about Obama's grades, so Obama had every right to SCHOOL him, and most certainly did. That Trump didn't know to expect what everybody else KNEW would happen, shows his narcissistic world view most plainly.

    Trump is going to have more and more to look sour about as the mainstream R's pile on (they can see that this big blind spot of Trump's will sink the whole party if he winds up representing them), and even the sideshow carnival barkers take umbrage at being compared to him (For Real! See:

  • greg | May 1, 2011 7:28 AMReply

    yep, Obama is the joke of this country.

  • Vaihox | May 1, 2011 7:17 AMReply

    I like the last line about journalism and the truth. Julian Assange speaks the truth, no?

  • CEM | May 1, 2011 7:15 AMReply

    Laughing boy thinks it's funny to question something that is a Constitutional requirement. How sad for this country that we got an inept 'American idol' and not a real leader who loves this country. It's the Presidency that has become the real joke now.

  • jeremy | May 1, 2011 6:52 AMReply

    Glad the president can joke. His biggest joke yet is what he is doing to the country. I am laughing hysterically about that one.

  • jon | May 1, 2011 6:44 AMReply

    You know, I'm not a fan of Obama's politics, but I'm just as much not a fan of the crazy super right wing "birther" group, so it's good to see an excellent orator play around with his foes.

  • Tim Lade | May 1, 2011 5:15 AMReply

    That was absoloutly spot on!

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