Obama laughs off Trump video 'bombshell' with Kenya joke
Businessman's 'October surprise' is anything but, as President strikes back on Jay Leno
DONALD TRUMP has been left with egg on his face after his promise to drop a "gigantic bombshell" in the US Presidential race backfired badly, and he found himself at the wrong end of one of Barack Obama's best put-downs of the campaign last night.
There were rumours that the multimillionaire businessman, who has consistently refused to accept that Obama was born in the US, had dug up some dirt on the President ahead of a hotly anticipated announcement on YouTube.
But when it came, the "October surprise" turned out to be a challenge rather than a revelation. Trump simply promised to donate $5m to the charity of Obama's choice if he released his academic records and passport and college applications.
Hardcore conservatives, many aligned to the so-called 'birther' movement, believe there is a cover-up over his academic records and application forms. They allege that the president's grades were so bad he is embarrassed to release them and that he took 'anti-American' courses.
Some even suggest that he enrolled at college as an exchange student. They also want to see his passport application form, which, they say, could show he is a Muslim.
Obama laughed off Trump's demands during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (see video below). Asked about his clashes with Trump, the President said: "This all dates back to when we were growing up in Kenya. We had constant run-ins on the soccer field, he wasn't very good and resented it."
Others took Trump's attempts to intervene in the election less well.
"The only surprise turned out to be how the reality TV star and business magnate continues to find new ways to embellish his special brand of media-centric depravity," fumed the LA Times.
New York magazine was also unimpressed. "We didn't learn anything new about President Obama today, but we did learn something new about ourselves: However low our expectations of Donald Trump were before, they were not low enough," it wailed.
Quite so, agreed The Guardian. "The political media slunk away, feeling soiled that they'd let Trump manipulate them so easily, and swearing not to be so gullible again."