Donald Trump swaggered in to the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night with his own entourage of thick necked guys with wires in their ears and star-struck Washingtonians crowding around him – as well as the biggest recent buzz in the nascent 2012 presidential race.
By the end of the evening, his glass jaw was shattered all over the floor of the Washington Hilton, after first President Obama and then special guest Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live ripped the orange-haired reality show blowhard who had been showing well in GOP polls on the strength of his name ID and flogging of “birther” conspiracy theories that hold Obama was not born in the U.S.
The Donald did not appear to be a good sport about it at all. Cameras captured him smirking as Obama spoke, and then glowering when Meyers skewered him. The folks at the Washington Post table, who had invited him to the celebrity-studded annual event, fell into the awkward silence of people who probably wanted to laugh at the jokes but were only being polite.
“Donald Trump has been saying he will run for president as a Republican, which is surprising because I just assumed he was running as a joke,” Myers said. Trump “often appears on Fox, which is ironic because a fox often appears on his head.”
But the president, who released his long-form Hawaii birth certificate Wednesday, really belittled Trump with a sarcastic edge that he does not often display.
"I know that he's taken some flak lately, but nobody is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald," said the president. “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?"
Obama continued: “All kidding aside, we know about your credentials and experience. In an episode of 'Celebrity Apprentice' ... the men's cooking team did not impress the judges from Omaha Steaks. You, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership. So ultimately, you didn't blame Lil Jon or Meatloaf, you fired Gary Busey.
“These are the kinds of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir. Well handled.”
On Sunday, Trump reacted on Fox and Friends. He called Meyers a “stutterer” and said “his delivery was not good.” He also said that the evening proved he was The Man.
“You get to a certain level, and you rise to a certain level – in this case, in the polls – and boy does the world come after you,” Trump said.