It is impossible to ever truly pinpoint the exact moment Donald Trump decided he wanted to swap reality TV for politics. However, if one had to take a random haphazard guess, the White House Correspondents Dinner of 2011 could well be it.
The event saw the current President-elect take a momentous roasting from Barack Obama and Seth Meyers. The President and comedian overtly scoffed at the idea of him running for office.
And while they mocked Mr Trump for his “fox”-like mane of hair, his apparent penchant for conspiracy theories and his reality TV show The Apprentice, the billionaire could be glimpsed sporting a poker-faced grimace in the audience - seemingly unable to take his eyes off the stage. Unsurprisingly, Mr Trump was reported to have made a speedy exit after the dinner finished.
In the video of the dinner which has recently resurfaced, Mr Obama joked: ”No one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald”.
“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?”
The event took place just days after Mr Obama released his long-form birth certificate - a document Mr Trump then claimed did not exist.
“Say what you will about Mr Trump, he certainly would bring some change to the White House. Let’s see what we’ve got up there,” Mr Obama quipped, prompting great laughter from the crowd.
Meyers also joined in on the ribbing: “Donald Trump has been saying he’ll run for president as a Republican, which is surprising as I just assumed he was running as a joke".
He also poked fun at his hair do: “Donald Trump often appears on Fox which is ironic because a fox often appears on Donald Trump’s head.”
“Donald Trump owns the Miss USA Pageant which is great for Republicans because it will streamline their search for a Vice President.”
He also joked Gary Busey, who apparently said that Mr Trump would make a great president, said “the same thing about an old rusty birdy cage he found.”
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