Thursday, October 25, 2012
President Obama on Donald Trump - On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
In response to Donald Trump's bizarre $5m offer to Obama video challenging Barack Obama to release documents about his background, the US President joked that the pair's disagreements stem back to "our time in Kenya", a reference to Trumps's theories of Obama's birthplace.
US President Barack Obama lampooned Donald Trump, saying that the real estate tycoon's feud with him dated back to "when we were growing up together in Kenya."
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Mr Obama ribbed the flamboyant mogul during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno after Mr Trump revived the right-wing conspiracy theory that alleges that the president was not born in the US.
"This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya," Mr Obama joked, after dashing to California to record the show, to be broadcast later Wednesday on NBC, as part of a 40-hour campaign sweep through eight states."We had constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn't very good and resented it," said Mr Obama, who is the son of a white American mother and Kenyan father, and who was born in Hawaii.
Donald Trump had earlier whipped up media attention by promising a "very, very big" announcement to be made on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
The five-minute statement simply revisited the "birther" conspiracy theory, which claims that Mr Obama was born outside the United States and is therefore occupying the White House illegitimately.
Trump demanded that the President release his college and passport records, saying that if this happened by October 31 he would donate $5 million to a charity of Mr Obama's choice.
Mr Obama also joked with Leno that the difference between debating his Republican foe Mitt Romney and his wife was that "with Michelle I concede every point," but he admitted he had failed to connect with Americans in his lackluster first debate in early October.
"Clearly, I had a bad night because the whole point of these debates is to make sure the American people understand the stakes," Mr Obama said.