QUOTE (Fitz @ May 4 2011, 04:58 AM)
Can someone fill me in on what's going on between Trump and Obama? I just don't know what happened, something to do with the birth certificate or something?
QUOTE (lloyd mayflower @ May 4 2011, 06:05 AM)
Something along the lines of Trump claiming that Obama is not American and there was no birth certificate to prove that he was. Maybe our American cousins can give you more details, but that was my understanding of it, and of course Obama went and bitch slapped Trump with his birth certificate.
Pretty interesting for a man with a Scottish mother and German grandparents to be questioning the americanness of someone else.
I seriously doubt that Trump ever had any intention of running for office, just considering the paycut alone. The Donald is a great self-promoter, and this whole "birther" topic has been a highly criticised stance for the past couple of years. Trump knew that he could get airtime for mentioning it, and he got plenty of it.
The interesting sidenote was that the criticism from Trump peeved Obama enough that he felt the need to release the copy of a birth certificate. Something that he could've done years ago when all of the crazy "birthers" were on their witchhunt. This leads to only two possible conclusions:
1. Obama felt threatened by The Donald's accusations and wanted to finally clear the air, or
2. Obama knew that the whole birth certificate story would be buried when a much bigger story came around a few days later.
If you knew nothing about Obama or American politics, you would still be able to see that the timing of it all was carefully calculated.
Obama has been suffering in the polls since the Healthcare debate started. He desperately wants to win a second term, and to many Americans he appeared more concerned with gaining Worldwide approval than that of his own country. Well, what better way could he change that perception than to show his birth certificate saying, "Look I'm one of you!" and then finding/killing public enemy number one?
Obama received a 9 point bump in the polls after the weekend.
Like I said before, he is a MASTER at playing politics.