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Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment, Media, Politics | 9 comments

Trump Stung by “Inappropriate” White House Correspondents Dinner and Jokes

I’ve never started a post with a certain, expressive phrase used by some other bloggers, but everything does have its time so here goes. It turns out Donald Trump found the White House Correspondent’s Dinner “inappropriate” and felt there were too many jokes aimed at him by President Barack Obama and Seth Meyers.

So (here goes the phrase):


Who could ever think of possibly wounding the feelings of Trump, who has hurled insults and innuendo at Rosie O’Donnell, Robert DeNiro, Jerry Seinfeld, Obama and others. But he does seem a bit p.o-ed:

“You get to a certain level and you rise to a certain level, let’s say in this case in the polls and boy, does the world come after you,” Trump, a potential 2012 candidate, said on “Fox and Friends” Sunday.

For Trump the Fox Show should be retitled “Fox and You’re With Friends”.

That comment doesn’t sound as if the jokes didn’t bug him, although perhaps not as much as shaking hands with someone. MORE:

At the event, Obama made light of Trump’s repeated calls for him to release his birth certificate, something he did Wednesday, and Meyers made fun of everything from his hair to his presidential ambition. Although Trump appeared unamused during Saturday’s dinner, he said he was honored “in a certain way” to be a focal point.

“I really knew what I was getting into last night. I had no idea it would be to that extent where, you know just joke after joke after joke,” the mogul said. “It was almost like, is there anyone else they can talk about?”

And the event?

He also found the event “inappropriate in certain respects” and spent the evening thinking about how “the American people are really suffering and we’re all having a good time.”

And what was his assessment of Meyers’ comedic timing?

“His (Meyers) delivery was not good. He’s a stutterer and he really was having a hard time,” Trump said of the “Saturday Night Live” star.

Meanwhile, the CNN report also notes that Trump seems to be having second thoughts about his attempt to create a new style of public political oratory for the 21st century: peppering a speech with the F-bomb.

When asked about a recent profanity-laced speech in Las Vegas Wednesday Trump said he probably won’t use that language anymore, but that it pales in comparison to the rhetoric in “real negotiations.”

Some reports suggest Trump doesn’t have the money he says he does.

Anyday now we’ll see him with a sign on a corner that reads: “Will spread conspiracy theories for food.”

UPDATE: More about how unpleased he was:

New York caught up with Trump after the event and asked him about the jokes.

“Some were fun, but not the greatest,” he told the magazine.

TPM ran into Trump on his way out of the event at the Washington Hilton.

“It was very good,” was all Trump would say of Obama’s speech as he walked to his car, declining to take any followup questions.

Inside the room, reports say Trump — who was at the dinner as a guest of the Washington Post — was visibly ticked off by the mocking he took from the podium.

Trump’s “mood shifted from playing along to unvarnished anger,” New York reported, citing “multiple guests who sat near Trump.” Politico’s Mike Allen wrote Trump “sat stone-faced” during Meyer’s speech.

The scene “was so awkward that some folks at his table stopped laughing and applauding,” Allen reports.

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    Poor rich baby, can’t take some well deserved ribbing.

    Instead of sulking and self-pitying, the baby may want to consider how the object of his sleaze, smears and lies might have felt.

  • StockBoyLA

    If he can’t take jokes at an event well known for them, then, if he is president, how will he handle world leaders with their own agendas who go head to head against the US? And would Trump turn everything said about him into a personal vendetta?

  • DaGoat

    Speaking as someone who doesn’t care for either Trump or Obama, I actually felt a little sorry for Trump. Yeah he’s slimy, but the jokes (which of course were not meant to be just jokes) went on too long. Obama should have taken a shot and then moved on like he did with everyone else (Bachmann, Huntsman, Romney, etc).

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    dear stock boy, I am glad to see you again. I hope you have been well!

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    I think Joe and all here, that it’s what we call a ‘big tell.’ It means he’s thin skinned. One cannot be thinskinned and run for the presidency. Thinskinned can mean one is sensitive, like a seismograph, which can be valuable. But thinskinned can also mean having an out of touch idea about how ‘a king/queen’ should be treated, and all attendant sense of punishing others for ‘violating the king.’ One kind of ‘thin’ is recording what goes on around one. Another kind of ‘thinskinned’ is outrage that anyone ‘dare to’ whatever. The former is a constitutional trait of the psyche. The latter is most often an inflation of the ego that most certainly will, as the old saying goes, what goes up must come down. Just depends on whether the descent will be graceful, or a plummet. I’d just say, stay tuned…

  • rudi

    At least Obamama wasn’t looking for WMD’s or his long form BC under any tables. 😉

  • DLS

    A really slick Obama, if he were holding out on the “long form” and playing Trump like a big marlin, would have looked for that long form behind and under the podium.

  • Nanci1

    Trump had it coming. His game plan of playing into the underlying prejudice, fears and hate of the the far right was obvious and should be appalling to any fair minded person. I don’t feel sorry a bit for Trump. He will just scurry over to Fox and let Limbaugh and Hanity console him.

  • roro80

    When I read this article yesterday, prior to seeing the actual footage, I couldn’t help but recall the Trump Comedy Central roast and thinking “Yikes, he didn’t seem even slightly phased by that display of disgusting and over-the-top roasting, so wow this must have been so offensive!”

    Then I saw the footage. Really, Trump? *That* relatively benign set of jokes was what made you all butthurt? C’mon buddy, time to buck up a bit…

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