Trump says jokes about him by Obama, Meyers were 'inappropriate'

Real estate mogul Donald Trump called jokes made about him at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner "inappropriate in certain respects."

Speaking on Fox & Friends on the Sunday morning after the dinner, Trump responded to jokes directed at him from President Obama and comedian Seth Meyers.

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"Well, I really understood what I was getting into — I didn't know that I'd be virtually the sole focus," Trump said. "I guess when you're leading in the polls that tends to happen. But I was certainly in a certain way having a good time listening."

While a fair amount of Obama's repertoire was directed at Trump, as was Meyers's, there were plenty of other Republicans and Democrats who got teased. Obama also had some zingers for the rest of the likely Republican presidential field, but a lot of his jokes were directed at Trump, who is considering running for president in 2012. 

For example, one of Obama's jokes had to do with the decisions Trump has to make on his show, "Celebrity Apprentice."

"These are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night," the president quipped about choosing the fates of Meatloaf, Lil Jon and Gary Busey.

While much of the room was laughing during the acts, Trump smiled only a few times and an open-mouthed grin never seemed to actually cross his face.


More on the White House Correspondents' Dinner from The Hill:
Obama takes on allies and opponents
Meyers skewers Obama, Trump and DC
Photos from the event


On Sunday, Trump said that all the jokes were inappropriate given the problems facing the American people.

"I don't think the American people are having a good time paying $5 gasoline and their clothing prices doubling and all of the other problems that they've got," Trump said. "You look at what's happening with food, so I was thinking to myself as they were doing this, the American people are suffering and we're all having a good time. I think it's inappropriate in certain respects, but I thought the delivery was good."

Trump said he was expecting a few jokes directed at him but not as many as actually came.

"I had no idea it would be to that extent where it was just joke after joke after joke," Trump said.

Trump became one of the loudest voices encouraging the argument of so-called "birthers" who claim that President Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore ineligible to be president. Last week Obama released his long-form birth certificate in an attempt to finally put the rumors — which had already been disproven — to rest. In response Trump took credit for making Obama release the birth certificates.

On Sunday Trump continued to take credit for the release.

"The fact is I'm very proud of what I did with the birth certificate," Trump said.

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