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Barack Obama Mocks Donald Trump’s ‘James Bond Villain Like’ Video; So Does Ricky Gervais And Others
October 25, 2012
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Well, score two points for Barack Obama.

The U.S. President has cleverly mocked Donald Trump's latest attempt to discredit Obama with demands and questions about his background.

If you missed it, Trump released a video yesterday offering to donate $5 million to a charity of Obama's choice, if the President releases his "college records and applications, and passport application and records".

Trump - who is backing Mitt Romney - even set a deadline for Obama: October 31 by 5pm.

Well last night, on The Tonight Show, Jay Leno asked Obama what the deal is with him and Trump.

Obama joked that their rivalry actually goes back to their childhood. Take a look. It's great.

"This all dates back to when we were growing up in Kenya," Obama said. "We had constant run-ins on the soccer field."

"He wasn't very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over."

Trump has repeatedly called on Obama to present his birth certificate, implying that Obama wasn't born in the U.S. and therefore not eligible to be President.

Obama released his long-form birth certificate last year, which shows he was born in Hawaii and not Kenya as Trump has claimed.

But that hasn't satisfied Trump. In his latest video, he says "I'm very honoured to have gotten him to release his long-form birth certificate... or whatever it may be."

He calls Obama "the least transparent President in the history of this country".

He also said if Obama releases his records to Trump's "satisfaction", he'll make the $5 million donation within an hour of the deadline.

Take a look.

In typical Trump fashion, he promised on Monday to make a "gigantic" announcement about Obama which could change the course of the presidential race.

Instead, many political commentators and celebrities mocked the video.

Comedian Ricky Gervais - "I will give $500 to charity if Donald Trump gives up his hairdresser's passport and college records."

Joseph Wiesenthal of 'Business Insider' - "Today's Gallup poll will be completely useless, since it will have been entirely conducted before the Trump offer."

Comedian Andy Borowitz - "Attention parents: if you give your children even the tiniest bit of attention now, maybe they won't grow up to be Donald Trump."

Jim Geraghty of the conservative 'National Review' - "If at any point you seriously considered Donald Trump for president, please study the error of your ways in quiet, private contemplation."

Singer Josh Groban - "For Halloween I'm going to be Donald Trump! Gonna comb over my hair and not give 5 million dollars to charity!"

Comedian Albert Brooks - "I will offer Donald Trump $200 if he shows me proof of circumcision."

Chris Cilizza, 'The Washington Post' - "Me to Donald Trump: Go away. Please."

'Maroon 5' singer Adam Levine -"Will someone tell Donald Trump we don't live in Gotham City."

'The Office' star Rainn Wilson - "I will pay 5 million dollars to see copies of Donald Trump's humility."

But Trump seems quite pleased with himself, tweeting "The response has been fantastic - actually overwhelming! Thank you!"

There are a number of conspiracy theories about Obama's records from his time at Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the 'Harvard Law Review'.

A common one is that Obama's grades were poor, raising questions about how smart he actually is. Other theories suggest he might have taken 'anti-American' courses or attended college as a foreign exchange student.

Last year, at the White House Correspondents' annual dinner, Obama made a few jokes at Trump's expense saying...

"Now, I know that he's taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald," Obama said,

"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?"

Meantime, the British paper The Guardian brilliantly turned the tables on Trump after his video came out.

It called Trump's office to ask for his college and passport records. The paper says it spoke to Michael Cohen, the executive vice president at the Trump Organization and special counsel to Trump.

Reporter Adam Gabbatt quoted Cohen as saying...

"But what's your point? Mr. Trump's not the president of the United States and he's not running for the presidency."

"And pretty much all you need to do is go to one of the thousand different books that Mr. Trump has been featured in or has written and so on, and you could learn more about him than you know about pretty much anybody on the planet."

The Guardian says Cohen went on to say "I think what you're doing is you're, whether you're trying to be funny, intentionally or not, actually it's a stupid request on your behalf," he said.

"And I tell you what, why don't you do this, since you want to be so clever. Why don't you turn around and say if Mr. Trump releases all of his records to you, you will donate $5 million to the charity of his choice?"

Gabbatt agreed to a donation, but said it probably wouldn't be $5 million.

"OK then, $500,000," Cohen said.

Susan Milligan of USNews.com has a piece today on Trump in which she writes...

"Trump, whose primary goal is promoting his own name, is indeed achieving that goal. He is establishing himself as the poster adolescent for the segment of the American public that just can't, or won't, accept that the country is no longer run entirely by rich white men like him."

Milligan goes on to say "Trump could set an example by revealing one truth. And that is that he just can't stand the fact that an African-American man with an exotic name is smarter and more successful than he is."

Anthony Baxter of The Guardian also has a column on Trump today, entitled 'Donald Trump Is A Joke, But Not A Harmless One.'

Baxter, who made a film called 'You've Been Trumped' which aired on BBC2 this week, says Trump "uses his celebrity and wealth to get his own way."

The film is about the battle between Trump and a group of Scottish homeowners, as Trump looks to build a golf course on one of Britain's last environmentally protected wilderness areas.

Trump's lawyers tried to stop the BBC from showing the film, claiming it was "highly defamatory, biased and misleading, and demanding a right of reply."

Here's the trailer.

As well, the Washington Post has put together a piece entitled 'Five Things We Learned From Watching Obama On Leno.'

The piece points out that Obama is funny, saying "he demonstrated once again a knack for good comic timing and a willingness to poke fun at himself."

"This is one of the reasons Obama's team isn't shy about sending him out to these types of appearances."

Of course, as far as Trump goes, we can't help but be reminded of this guy.

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