*Seth Meyers (“Saturday Night Live”) is a comedian. And so apparently is Barak Obama. We’re tempted to call him a silver tongued devil. In fact if he wasn’t busy running the country he could easily have a successful career as a stand up.
If you saw him Saturday night at the 2011 White House Correspondents Association annual dinner, you know what we mean. If you haven’t seen his performance, er, speech, scroll down and get ready to laugh.
We suppose you could say that the president, with the help of Meyers, got some get-back after weeks of attacks from his probable 2012 Republican challenger Donald Trump, who was in attendance. He cracked that the billionaire businessman could bring change to the White House, transforming it from a stately mansion into a tacky casino with a whirlpool in the garden.
Oh yeah, he went there. The Prez used the annual dinner to mock the reality TV star’s presidential ambitions. He said Trump has shown the acumen of a future president, from firing Gary Busey on a recent episode of “Celebrity Apprentice” to focusing so much time on conspiracy theories about his birthplace.
After a week when Mr. Obama released his long-form Hawaii birth certificate, he said Trump could now focus on the serious issues, from whether the moon landing actually happened to “where are Biggie and Tupac?”
Two snaps up!
“No one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than ‘the Donald,'” Obama said, referring to Trump’s claims the same day that he was responsible for solving the issue.
For Trump’s decision to fire actor Busey instead of rock singer Meat Loaf from his TV show earlier this month, President Obama snapped:
“These are the types of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir.”
Trump managed what we think was a smile or two at some of the earlier jokes, but was clearly not amused when Saturday Night Live comedian/actor Seth Meyers picked up where the president left off.
“Donald Trump often talks about running as a Republican, which is surprising,” said the Saturday Night Live actor, entrusted with providing some of the comedy for the evening. “I just assumed he was running as a joke.”
Ouch! That one had to hurt. (Scroll down to see it.)
And judging by some of the reaction from the public on messageboards around the Internet, it appears that Mr. Obama and Seth Meyers scored a 1,2 combination knockout punch against Trump:
“Wooooooo! Donald Trump learned tonight that you can’t get away with bullying President Obama, because President Obama uses his bully pulpit very effectively to take some well-aimed pokes right back.”
“I was laughing myself silly as the President roughed up Trump, who clearly was steaming rather than taking it in good humor. And I just gasped as the President pointedly described the level of decision making that Trump does on his fake reality show.”
“Three cheers for President Obama, for delivering an elegantly hilarious Presidential takedown.”
Finally, even though it was a night of hilarity, President Obama put a serious edge on the evening when he thanked the troops for their service overseas and noted that the people of the South, especially Alabama, have suffered losses.
“The devastation is unbelievable and it is heartbreaking,” he reminded. He encouraged the journalists in the room to help tell the stories of those who have been hurt by the storms and saluted those who lost their lives while covering the news.
Watch President Obama go in on Donald Trump and the Republicans:
Check out SNL’s Seth Meyers hilarious take on Donald Trump, President Obama and lots more: