It is one of the many speeches of Barack Obama that are remembered. It was held during the traditional dinner for correspondents at the White House on April 30, 2011. Barack Obama returns to it in a chapter of his Memoirs, an 890-page work which will be released on Tuesday, November 17 (published by Fayard in France) and whose the JDD publishes large extracts.
The former president recalls the context: for weeks, Donald Trump has been demanding that the president’s birth certificate be published, proving that he is indeed American. Obama, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, ended up executing on April 27, 2011, in order to end the controversy. Three days later, the two men are in the same room. A perfect opportunity for the excellent speaker who is the former Democratic President to undermine his opponent.
“Trump, dumb, smiled yellow”
“Halfway through my monologue, I turned directly to Trump,” Obama recounts in his Memoirs. “I know he’s had some criticism lately, but no one is happier and more proud than our friend Donald to be able to draw the line on this birth certificate story. Because now he will be able to concentrate on the real questions. Have we been to the moon? What really happened in Roswell? And what happened to rappers Biggie and Tupac? »He then launches to the assembly.
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Excerpts from this speech went around the world. But the former head of state is aware that he has touched where it hurts concerning the billionaire. “The audience was laughing out loud; in the middle, Trump, mute, was smiling yellow. I couldn’t even imagine the thoughts that might have crossed him during the few minutes I had boxed him in front of everyone. What I was sure was that he knew how to put on a show, and that, in 2011, in the United States, that was a form of power, ”Obama analyzes.
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“The currency with which Trump traded, while superficial, seemed to gain a little more value every day. Journalists who laughed at my jokes would continue to invite him. Their employers would fight to have him at their table. Far from being ostracized because of the conspiracies they had peddled, he appeared on the contrary more influential than ever ”, he concludes in the extracts relayed by the JDD. A little less than four years later, in June 2015, Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican primaries. With the result that we know.