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The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner is usually a raucous affair, featuring roast after roast of public officials. The point is to endure the jabs with good humor, showing that you can laugh at yourself, and that you can take as good as you give. It's all in fun, folks!
But there was one unsmiling face at Saturday's Correspondents' Dinner, and that was Donald Trump, who sat in glowering stillness as first President Barack Obama and then Seth Meyers roasted him within an inch of his life.
"I know that he's taken some flak lately, but nobody is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald," Obama said of Trump. "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?" Watch Obama's speech -- and Trump's reaction -- below!
Trump called into Fox News Sunday morning to comment on the Correspondents' Dinner saying, "I understood what I was getting into, (but I) didn't realize I would be the sole focus."
That seems a bit short-sighted to us, seeing as the birth certificate controversy had just come to a head the previous week, with Trump taking credit for Obama releasing of his long-form birth certificate. Did he honestly believe that he wouldn't be a target? Obama even poked fun at this public fracas at the Correspondents' Dinner, saying: "Tonight for the first time I am releasing my official birth video," before rolling footage from the Africa-set Disney film The Lion King.
Seth Meyers, meanwhile, started off his roast by saying, "Donald Trump often talks about running as a Republican, which is surprising... I just assumed he was running as a joke." Uproarious laughter rocketed through the dining room, but Trump sat there unsmiling.
The host of Celebrity Apprentice also told Fox, "I was thinking to myself as they were doing this that the American people are really suffering, and we're all having a good time. I think it's inappropriate in certain respects."
Trump went on to criticize Seth Meyers (who was much harsher on Trump than Obama was), saying, "I thought Seth Meyers, frankly, his delivery was not good. He's a stutterer, and he really was having a hard time."
With that one comment, Trump managed to anger the Stuttering Foundation, who put out a press release condemning Trump's words: "Shame on you, Mr. Trump! In light of The King’s Speech and the new awareness it has brought to stuttering, we had hoped that this kind of unfortunate comment was a thing of the past.”
Obviously not, but Trump seems unconcerned. He told Fox, "What I do best is the economy. I'll get China to change its ways."
Like other celebs, Trump did have some kind words for Obama following the death of Osama bin Laden. "I want to personally congratulate President Obama and the men and women of the Armed Forces for a job well done," Trump said in a statement. "I am so proud to see Americans standing shoulder to shoulder, waving the American flag in celebration of this great victory. We should spend the next several days not debating party politics, but in remembrance of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and those currently fighting for our freedom. God Bless America!"