Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Obama trumps Trump, but Trump isn't stumped

Just when it looked like Donald Trump's idiotic ranting was going to be silenced, his private jet landed in New Hampshire Wednesday and hilarity ensued. Trump immediately upped the ante on weird political gibberish.

The White House had just released President Obama's long-form birth certificate and it looked like the matter was settled. Trump's most important political issue, that Obama was unable to produce a proper birth certificate because he was in fact a Kenyan-born Muslim out to destroy America, was nonsensical right-wing paranoia to begin with.

Trump was presumably on the plane to New Hampshire devising a few new sound bites about Obama's big birth certificate cover-up conspiracy. It seemed like Obama's big announcement to the media, that “We don't have time for this silliness. We've got better stuff to do,” was timed to silence Trump just as his plane was about to land. He would be walking, dumbfounded, into a sea of reporters.

What happened next should have been anticipated by anyone familiar with Trump's flair for pulling reality-show craziness out of the hat like a circus magician.

“I feel I've accomplished something really, really important, and I feel honored by it”, Trump boasted to reporters. He noted that it was “amazing” that this long-form certificate finally “materialized,” and he went on to portray the release as vindication. “I hope we've accomplished a lot by what I've been talking about the last few months,” he said as the group of reporters looked on stone-faced, acting as this was an actual news event.

So that left us to wonder what was next. Would Trump question Obama's marriage certificate? Could the Obama's dog be a secret Soviet spy? Or maybe Obama had a secret hair transplant, and his college Afro was really an elaborate comb-over.

No, the nation's most famous snake-oil salesman and closet racist now wants us to focus on Obama's questionable college degree. He demanded that Obama release his records from Occidental College, part of Trump's new effort to convince us that Obama only made it into the Ivy League, transferring from Occidental to Columbia, then going on to Harvard, because of affirmative action.

Trump wonders how Obama, a poor, “terrible student” can get into Ivy League schools? The fact that Trump didn't ask this question of George W. Bush, who had trouble putting coherent sentences together, could be one indication that Trump's remarks are racially motivated. Or maybe Trump is just plain stupid, and we should be questioning how he got into an Ivy League business school. I've been wondering myself how on earth Trump ever got into the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

Dan Golden's book, “The Price of Admission”, is a well-reported critique of what amounts to affirmative action for rich people. Did Trump's rich father help him out, perhaps? I'll have to send my investigators out to look into this matter.

Putting all this speculation about the Ivy League admission process aside, I am waiting breathlessly for Trump to release his tax returns. After all, the real-estate mogul turned reality TV show host had promised to release his tax returns if Obama produced his birth certificate.

In the category of 'what else is new', Trump continued the media laugh-a-thon by telling reporters outside a New Hampshire cigar store that he'll release his tax returns once he announces a presidential bid, further proof he's not actually running.

The media keeps buying what this fast-talking carnival huckster is selling. It makes great entertainment, but it's not news.

16 comments:

  1. Slow news day? This isn't really about Trump and Obama, is it? It's about the media.

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  2. W admitted to being a "c "student, but still got into Yale on his family name. BTW, McCain was born in Panama. He has dual citizenship, yet no one questioned his legitimacy to run. Glad I found your blog. I graduated VHS in 1972, and I play a couple of instruments. Ring any bells?

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  3. I've lost all respect for Donald Trump. Oh wait, that's impossible - I never had any to begin with.

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  4. Trump is a chump. Yup!

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  5. George W. Bush got into Yale as a legacy. The fact that his family is rich didn't hurt either. How Trump got into Penn is a good question. I would say something other than intelligence was at play, though.

    Politics has become a joke, lately. This is mainly because of people like Trump, but mostly because the media allows it to happen.

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  6. I doubt the release of Obama's birth cerificate will change the minds of the majority of people who believed this nonsense in the first place. The Republican party has become a joke because of people like Trump and Obama has to be happy about the fact that no one serious seems to want to run against him.

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  7. "the media is the message"

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  8. All this Trump bashing is unfair. Obama has been asked this question before his 2008 campaign. Hilary Clinton and others wanted a simple document. Calling his racism amounts to slander. Political parties have always dissagreed on certain matters, and there's nothing wrong with standing up to the question on many Republicans minds. It's true Trump forced the issue, and so now the candidates can discuss other things but to say that this wasn't an issue to be taken seriously is just a Democratic beleif. If there was any question about the birth place of the President, it had to be settled. Why did it take so long for Obama to release the document. It was most likely politicaly motivated, just to confuse the American public. As for any other questions about Obama, his education for instance, is all part of any campaign. If you run for office, your life is supposed to be an open book, and you can't have anything to hide. Calling Trump a racist, just because he's challenging the President in order to further his campaign is not fair. Any serious candidate will challenge his opponent on a variety of issues, and Trump is proving that he is a serious candidate. The news media is following him for a reason, and that's because he's high in the polls. That means he's a serious candidate, and he has every right to question Obama these things.

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  9. Obama has to be happy by the state of the Republcan party. He was looking at a tough election until it turned out there was nobody with any credentials running against him. The closest so far is Ron Paul, who is strange enough, but at least has an M.D.

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  10. "it makes great entertainment, but it's not news"... Exactly!

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  11. Yes. Trump is stupid AND he is a racist!

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  12. The Tea Party and the other right-wing paranoid segment of the Republcan party have turned it into a party of idiots and egomaniacs. This is racism at it's worst. Does the Republican party want to be thought of like this?

    A lot of the more sane members of the GOP are very upset at the way their party is coming apart, but the Democrats couldn't be happier. Obama would normally be facing an uphill battle, with the economy, especially gas prices, but it looks like he's not going to have much a challenge in 2012,

    Donald Trump will not run, but the spectacle has been entertaining. I agree, it's not news.

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  13. The media keeps this stuff going. If they didn't cover it, nobody would care. It's all for ratings, and it's no good for the country.

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  14. and I'd like to see Trump's college degree.

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  15. The Donald Ducks http://bit.ly/kqWHs0

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