Friday, October 26, 2012

A Feeble Attempt To Demean A President

"If Barack Obama opens up," Donald Trump promised yesterday on YouTube (video below), "and gives his college records and applications and if he gives his passport applications and records, I will give to a charity of his choice — inner city children in Chicago, American Cancer Society, AIDS research, anything he wants — a check, immediately, for five million dollars.”  He will be "happy," the Humble One claims "when he does that to my satisfaction, if it's complete..."   As befits a stunt intended to humiliate the President of the United States, Obama would have to comply by October 31 (Halloween).

Of course, little Barack Obama can do would satisfy Donald Trump and anything he turns over likely would be deemed incomplete.  But no matter.  When asked (video, below) by Jay Leno about Trump's obsession with him, the President smartly quipped "This all dates back to when we were growing up together  in Kenya."

Great line, excellent delivery. Like the late Arlen Specter, he could have a great career in stand-up (or as in this case, sit-down) when his political career ends, probably in four years.

But good humor (not this Good Humor) can go only so far.   Better yet would have been a counter-offer from the President: "I'll be glad to release my college records and passport applications and records" simultaneously with Mitt Romney releasing ten years of his tax returns.

Barack Obama was no more likely to make that offer than Mitt Romney wa sto accept it.    In three debates, the President mentioned "tax returns" as often as he did "Bain":  never.   Explaining (apparently approvingly) today on Hardball the endorsement by Colin Powell of Barack Obama, Thomas Ricks noted "Colin Powell is an Eisenhower Republican.  But guess what? So is Barack Obama."

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