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Why Donald Trump is gunning for President

Why is the billionaire reality star gunning for the presidency?

Donald Trump was roasted by President Obama & Seth Meyers in 2011.
Only Donald Trump can fully answer that question. But if you are to believe a handful of armchair psychoanalysts — reporters for major news organizations, no less — it all began at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where Trump was the "butt of jokes" by President Obama and “Saturday Night Live” comedian Seth Meyers.

Trump was so humiliated by the experience, they say, that it triggered some deep, previously hidden yearning for revenge," wrote the Washington Post in April 2016.

“That evening of public abasement, rather than sending Mr. Trump away, accelerated his ferocious efforts to gain stature in the political world,” wrote the New York Times in March 2016.

President Obama at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner (18:53)

In April 2011, Hawaii released President Obama's birth certificate (available at WhiteHouse.gov) after much prodding from Donald Trump and the 'Birther Movement.' Obama took the opportunity to crack some jokes about it at the White House Correspondents Dinner.


President Obama on Donald Trump: “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. 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?”

“But all kidding aside, obviously, we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience. For example — no, seriously, just recently, in an episode of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ — at the steakhouse, the men’s cooking team did not impress the judges from Omaha Steaks. And there was a lot of blame to go around. But you, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership. And so ultimately, you didn’t blame Lil Jon or Meatloaf. You fired Gary Busey. And these are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir. Well handled.”


Seth Meyers remarks at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner

I recommend you watch the full video (20:48 min). Seth Meyers hits President Obama pretty good. Seth Meyers' remarks about the 2012 Republican presidential candidates start at 10:20 of the video; his remarks about Donald Trump start at 12:05 in the video.

"Donald Trump has been saying that he will run for president as a Republican, which is surprising because I just assumed he was running as a joke," Meyers said.



"What was really memorable about the event, though, was Trump’s response. Seated a few tables away from us magazine scribes, Trump’s humiliation was as absolute, and as visible, as any I have ever seen: his head set in place, like a man in a pillory, he barely moved or altered his expression as wave after wave of laughter struck him. There was not a trace of feigning good humor about him, not an ounce of the normal politician’s, or American regular guy’s “Hey, good one on me!” attitude—that thick-skinned cheerfulness that almost all American public people learn, however painfully, to cultivate. No head bobbing or hand-clapping or chin-shaking or sheepish grinning—he sat perfectly still, chin tight, in locked, unmovable rage. If he had not just embarked on so ugly an exercise in pure racism, one might almost have felt sorry for him," wrote The New Yorker (September 2015).

In the summer of 2015, I never thought Donald Trump could be the 2016 Republican nominee for President of the United States of America. I loved watching his reality show "The Celebrity Apprentice." But 'The Donald' as POTUS?

Trump considered a presidential run in 2012, but decided against it as he was given the cold shoulder by the Republican Party power brokers. You have to give him credit. He did his homework and made the most of his openings. Now, he's days away from his first debate with Hillary Clinton.

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