President Barack Obama and Saturday Night Live comic Seth Meyers skewered Republican presidential hopeful and fierce Obama critic Donald Trump at Saturday's White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Following are some samples:
Lampooning Trump's choice of issues to further his presidential ambitions, Obama suggested Trump could now take up issues like whether Roswell alien landing was fact or fiction, and whether the moon landing was faked.
Donald Trump is here tonight ... Now, I know that he's taken some flak lately but 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 on Roswell?' And 'Where are Biggie and Tupac?'
However, it was Meyers who tore into Trump, who was present at the dinner, with greater force.
About Trump's plan to run for Republican nomination, Meyers said: [Trump] said he's running as a Republican, said Meyers. Which is surprising: I just assumed he was running as a joke.
Again, [Trump] often appears on Fox, said Meyers, which is funny because a fox often appears on Donald Trump’s head.
Meyers also indirectly ridiculed the Republican choice of Sarah Palin as vice-presidential candidate in 2008 by linking up Trump's owning the Miss USA Pageant. ... which is great for Republicans because it will streamline the search for a vice president.
Obama then mauled the media, especially Fox News, suggesting some news organizations maybe attaching undue importance to the ‘birther’ issue. The president said if his original birth certificate issued by Hawaii was not enough to convince everyone, he was issuing a birth video.
He then showed a clip from the animation movie Lion King. And then came the punch line. When the footage was shown, he said: I want to make it clear to the Fox News table: That was a joke. That was not my birth video. That was a children's cartoon.
Again, another Republican hopeful, Michele Bachmann, became the butt of an Obama joke as the president went full steam at his rightist detractors. She is thinking about running for president, which is weird because I hear she was born in Canada. Yes, Michele, this is how it starts, just letting you know.
He expanded on his pet theme by stretching the attack to Tim Pawlenty. He seems all-American, but have you heard his real middle name? Obama asked. Tim Hosni Pawlenty, what a shame.