President Obama’s Wicked Satire of Trump & the Birthers

President Obama’s satire of Donald Trump and the birthers at the 2010 White House correspondents’ dinner should reposted every time the issue comes up. It slays.

They say that Mel Brooks’s satire Blazing Saddles killed the Western. This one should by all rights kill birtherism.

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  1. Obama was way too easy on Trump–who apparently was incensed anyway. Anybody that thin-skinned has no business being in politics, and if he does run, his temper will demolish his candidacy.

    • Looking again at the video, Obama was tougher on Joe Biden than he was on Trump. In fact he was tougher on Matt Damon than Trump.

  2. the average net worth per individual in the audience of the WHCD was easily over 3 million dollars. maybe even 10 million dollars.

    these are the beneficiaries of Obama’s conservative-friendly economic policies.

    when Cornel West calls Obama’s policies racist (link to democracynow.org) there’s reason for it:

    CORNEL WEST: We have to make a distinction between being racist in motivation and intention versus racist in effect and consequence. And all you need do is look at the history of the Bush administration, and you’ll see policies that, in effect and consequence, generated levels of social misery among poor people, brown people, red people, but especially among working-class and poor people. So this is the important point. If Kanye West had said he doesn’t care about the black poor, the evidence is overwhelming. But I think what happened was that President Bush understood this in an individualistic way, which is the way most fellow Americans understand racism: “Do I actually hate black people individually?” No, I don’t think President Bush individually hates black people. His policies were racist in effect and consequence, and especially classist in terms of generating misery among poor and working people, disproportionately black and brown.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: Well—

    CORNEL WEST: And I would say that even about the Obama administration. The Obama administration seems to have very little concern about poor people and their social misery. Look at the policies vis-à-vis Wall Street downplaying Main Street. Look at the policies of black farmers, a settlement already in place, but they don’t want to execute it, because they don’t want to be associated with black folk too explicitly. Look at the policies of dilapidated housing. We can go right across the board. Look at the policies of the new Jim Crow system, the prison-industrial complex. So, we’re talking not just about individual presidents. We’re talking about a system that is tilted against poor people, against working people, disproportionately black and brown and red.

    The American media It has long given up being adversarial to power. It is symbiotic with those in power.
    Here, in the audience of the WHCD, indicated by the canned laughter, we see that unprofessionalism celebrated.

    Does the press care to investigate the sources of income inequality. Or voter cynicism, impotence, invisibility? Or the source of endless wars? Or the corruption of our elected representatives in congress? Or war crimes? Torture? Due-process-free indefinite detention? The causes of the 2008 financial meltdown?

    No, they’re too busy promoting and enabling conmen like Donald Trump one week. The next week, the press falls over itself with fake hyperventilatory guffaws at our comedian-in-chief. What we have is a class of court-jester-plutocrats. It’s the most powerful, mean, rich clique from high school that everyone hated.

  3. There’s not a person in the room who actually believes the birther nonsense. It’s a useful distracting issue for the lowest-common-denominators in our public.

    The rich LOVE Obama and our one-party system. Sure, they would love MORE money with an-all republican congress and executive, but this is actually okay. Obama benefits because the more time he has to deal with the birther/Trump thing, the less time he’ll have to deal with questions about the Guantanamo dossiers or our numerous wars or the jobless “recovery”-that-isn’t.

  4. Thanks, Juan, for posting the video, and for your truly informed and enlightening coverage of the Middle East and North Africa, especially during these tumultuous times.

  5. Trump is in a legitimate position TO BE HEARD as a politician if you’ve followed his comments on the world over the years. Why he would ‘spend time’ about locale of birth doesn’t seem to really make any sense, or get anything done – to be any statement. I don’t know how Trump’s ‘wonderings’ about Obama’s birth actually became a legitimate ‘story’ in the US, but if Obama has a response to this timely pertinence well then good, or WHATEVER. Trump really articulated how Obama may not have been born in this country.

  6. The Donald was not amused, which in itself is very funny.

    I waited for the symbiont living on top of his head to come alive and turn Obama into a Jaffa warrior. Did not happen.

    But seriously folks, when you get old, you lose your hair and you are not afraid to show a little baldy on top. Lack of hair did not keep Joe Biden out of the White House, and if Trump were “an adult,” he would lose the vanity.

    • Raw Story reports that Trump called Seth Meyers a stutterer, to which I think Meyers could remark about Trump,
      “L-l-l-oser.”

    • Good point – I hope the Americans will consider such things when they elect their next president.
      Maybe Trump would be a good candidate after all – I heard he makes a good joke.

  7. When Obama made that joke about Trump facing the tough decisions, like whether to fire Meatloaf or Gary Busey…he had made the decision to authorize the strike against UBL only days or hours earlier.

    I would have been a nervous wreck, envisioning Blackhawk Down happening again, and the Navy Seal team being dragged through the streets. And Obama was cool as a cat.

    I am never, ever playing poker with him.

  8. Nice. That strikes me as humor of the “I don’t give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it’s Hell” variety.

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