US President Barack Obama openly mocked those who question his “natural born” status and prospective presidential candidate Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner on Saturday night.
Obama began his monologue to the strains of the 80s Hulk Hogan song, “Real American,” which was accompanied by a video showing the bald eagle, American flag, Grand Canyon, and his long-form birth certificate. The president then addressed the audience as, “my fellow Americans… Mahalo!,” the Hawaiian word for “thank you.”
To end any lingering suspicions that he may not a natural-born US citizen, Obama then played his “actual birth video,” which was taken from the Disney cartoon The Lion King.
“I want to make clear to the FOX News table, that was a joke,” Obama said, adding that the “long form of the video” could be found at Walt Disney Studios.
Obama then singled out Trump.
After a week when he released his long-form Hawaii birth certificate, Obama said Trump could now focus on the serious issues, from whether the moon landing actually happened to “where are Biggie and Tupac?”
“No one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than ‘the Donald,’” Obama said, referring to Trump’s claims that he was responsible for solving the issue.
For Trump’s decision to fire actor Gary Busey instead of rock singer Meat Loaf from his Celebrity Apprentice TV show earlier this month, Obama quipped, “These are the types of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir.”
And then, as a coup de grace, Obama showed a screen with his vision of how Trump could bring change to the White House. “Trump” was prominently displayed in glittery letters and girls could be seen with cocktails on a Jacuzzi-augmented front lawn.
But the president’s mockery of Trump seemed tame in comparison to the monologue delivered by SNL comedian Seth Myers, who opened with, “Donald Trump often talks about running as a Republican, which is surprising. I just assumed he was running as a joke.”
Myers went on to say that Trump wore a fox on his head and that he “sounds like a know-it-all down at the OTB.” In an apparent slap at Sarah Palin, Myers joked that Trump’s ownership of the Miss USA pageant would help the GOP streamline its choice for a vice presidential candidate.