Obama’s ‘The Lion King’ Birther Video Will Go Down As The Funniest Moment Of His Presidency
President Obama has showed time and time again that he can take a joke — but don't forget that he can make them too. Be it an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel or while addressing the House Republicans, Obama can land one of his perfect wry zingers. And once a year, he steps it up a notch. That's when he takes the stage at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Before he to show you what he's got this Saturday, take a moment to remember a joke of Correspondents' Dinner past. That time when Obama's Lion King birther joke officially became the funniest moment of his presidency.
The year was 2011, and Donald Trump was also in the news then for being an annoying jerk. This time around, his target was Obama, who he claimed wasn't born in the United States. Obama, of course, was born in Hawaii. His dad was Kenyan, though, and Trump kept bringing up the issue, even though Obama had released a short form of his birth certificate during the 2008 presidential campaign. That wasn't good enough for Trump, though, who claimed it could have been forged. Ultimately the drama led Obama to release a long-form birth certificate to the media.
The Correspondents' Dinner was less than a week later, and there, in a truly classy and hilarious moment, Obama made light of the matter:
"Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba. Sithi uhm ingonyama," blared out of the speakers in the room. Obama played the scene from the beginning of The Lion King, when Simba is presented to the animal kingdom by Mufasa from on top of Pride Rock. The crowd went wild, but the joke wasn't over.
Interestingly enough, Trump was actually at the dinner that year; you can see him in the audience. Obama saw him and called him out:
Reports say that Trump didn't take the joke well. Obama also joked about Trump's experience as the Celebrity Apprentice host. Perhaps Trump has been trying to prove himself ever since? Check out Obama at his funniest, which just happens to be more of Trump at his worst. Remember how ludicrous a Trump presidential campaign seemed back then? Oh, the good old days.