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Obama wittily reminds Trump who’s the real commander in tweet

Obama hits back at The Donald after billionaire's 'gigantic' announcement backfired {VIDEO} Our rivalry dates back to when Trump and I were growing up in Kenya' Former president Barack Obama offered a bit of advice to politicians, and subliminally the current commander-in-chief, on how best to use social media: think first.

During the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, India, Obama spoke on the power that social media has as a transformative tool and one that can be used to shape a global message, but he also gave politicians looking to use its power a warning:

“Think before you tweet,” Obama said, seemingly throwing a light-hearted jab at President Donald Trump.

“Look, I’ve got 100 million Twitter followers,” he continued. “I actually have more than other people who use it more often.”

For the record, Trump has just over 43 million followers on Twitter.

What’s more, Obama threw some subtle shade at Trump’s infamous typos. He didn’t say “covfefe,” but we were all thinking it when he said that he likes to spellcheck and use proper punctuation when he posts on social media.

“Which my daughters think is odd,” Obama said. “They were explaining to us how if you put a period at the end of a sentence it sounds harsh. I said, ‘No, that’s English. That’s how you know the thought is finished.’”

While Obama made it a point not to call out the president by name, he did invite people to examine themselves when confronted with politicians that they disagreed with.

“If you see a politician doing things that are questionable, one of the things as a citizen is to ask yourself, ‘Am I encouraging, or supporting or giving license to the values I’m hearing out of the politician?’” he said.

“Because frankly, politicians tend to be more of a mirror and more of a reflection of forces in the society.”

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday said he believes President Barack Obama was born in the United States. The statement followed a chaotic 24 hours during which Trump’s campaign spokesman said the nominee believed Obama was a natural born citizen, but Trump himself refused to answer the question.

“President Obama was born in the United States, period,” Trump said on Friday. “Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.”

Trump’s announcement was an abridged version of the one put out by his campaign spokesman late Thursday, which falsely claimed that Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, started the birther conspiracies.

“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it,” Trump said.

Trump’s statement, and that of his campaign, hope to put distance between Trump and the racist conspiracy theory that he’s fanned for nearly a decade.

His campaign said Thursday that it was Trump who “was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate.”

Trump on Friday said, “I finished it, you know what I mean.” 

Trump’s claim about Clinton’s role in the conspiracy theory is patently false, and has been debunked over and over. Still, that didn’t stop Trump from repeating it on Friday. “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy,” Trump said. “I finished it.”

Trump spoke at his new hotel in Washington D.C. from the Presidential Ballroom, a large room with a fair amount of gold trimming and chandeliers. A number of veterans stood behind him, as the event was officially meant to be focused on veterans’ issues.

Attendees were hesitant to discuss the issue of Obama’s birth ahead of the candidate’s speech. One woman from Maryland told The Huffington Post that it didn’t matter anymore because “[Obama] is so close to leaving office anyway.” 

Others were willing to concede that Obama was born in Hawaii. But they blamed the president, not Trump, for making it an issue.

“This could have been eliminated from the get go if Barack Obama just put out his birth certificate,” said Sergio de la Pena, a Trump surrogate. “He waited until 2011. Why didn’t he just put this to bed?”

Pena called the current obsession on the birther issue, “pole vaulting over rat turds.” 

But the high degree of national interest in the birther conspiracy can be attributed largely to Trump, who has energetically fueled the false conspiracy theory that Obama was born overseas since 2011.

Not surprisingly, Trump refuses to acknowledge what the birther conspiracy theories really are: racist ploys intended to delegitimize the nation’s first black president, but failed to do so.

Yet even as Trump sought to put the issue to rest in Washington, his longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone told a Boston radio station Friday morning that Trump “has always had suspicions about [Obama’s birthplace], and to him it has never added up.

“I think the bottom line is he doesn’t know [and] he’s not sure,” Stone said of the Republican nominee. “That’s not the same as ‘I’m certain the president was born in Hawaii’ or ‘I’m certain that he was not.’”

Uncertainty, however, is at the heart of conspiracy theories, and it’s precisely what Trump spread for years, long after Obama released a long-form copy of his birth certificate in 2011.

As the grandaddy of the so-called “birther” conspiracy, Trump has repeatedly claimed, falsely, that Obama’s birth certificate is fake, that the president was actually born in Kenya, and even that a state health director in Hawaii was the victim of foul play in an attempted cover up. 

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Response: When asked by NBC host Jay Leno over his rivalry with Donald Trump, Obama joked that that it stemmed from a soccer dispute when they were growing up in Kenya

Response: When asked by NBC host Jay Leno over his rivalry with Donald Trump, Obama joked that that it stemmed from a soccer dispute when they were growing up in Kenya

President Obama offered a clever retort to Donald Trump after the real estate mogul offered to donate $5million to the charity of his choosing if he released college records and passport application.

Speaking on The Tonight Show, Obama told Jay Leno that the rivalry between began in their childhood. ‘This all dates back to when we were growing up in Kenya,' he joked. 'We had constant run-ins on the soccer field, he wasn’t very good.’

The president was referring to The Donald's highly publicised demands that the president present his birth certificate to prove that he was born in the U.S., and therefore eligible for the presidency.

Challenge: Donald Trump has demanded that Barack Obama release his college records and passport application

Challenge: Donald Trump has demanded that Barack Obama release his college records and passport application

Meanwhile, the billionaire's long-awaited 'major announcement' about Obama was labelled as something of a disappointment over what was promised.

Trump made his offer in a YouTube video released at noon today, two days after promising to make a 'gigantic' announcement about Obama which could change the course of the presidential race.

Web users reacted to the massive letdown with derision, with many taking to Twitter to mock the controversial businessman.

The Apprentice star previously denied staging a publicity stunt, insisting the announcement is 'not a media event', but instead is 'about the United States of America'.

Repeat guest: This was Mr Obama's fifth time on The Tonight Show

Repeat guest: This was Mr Obama's fifth time on The Tonight Show; the president is in the middle of a campaign blitz

A number of sensational claims about the content of the message had been swirling around the web for three days - one pundit with links to the billionaire even suggested that he was set to unearth divorce papers between Obama and his wife Michelle.

However, the man himself tweeted, 'All predictions re: my 12 o'clock release are totally incorrect. Stay tuned!' - and some may be disappointed by the relatively tame nature of the announcement.

Trump set the hare running on Monday by claiming that he was set to make an announcement today that would be ‘bordering on gigantic' and that it would ‘possibly’ change the presidential race.

But when the announcement finally came, in the form of a YouTube video and accompanying Facebook post, it was somewhat less explosive than promised.

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'Gigantic': Author and investor Douglas Kass (left) claimed that Donald Trump (right) has 'unearthed divorce papers' between the President and his wife

Trump offers $5 million to Obama for college and passport records {...

 

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Comment by Bilinder Mcgrowder on October 29, 2012 at 10:57am
All you people out there that are on welfare, go get your state IDs, walk to the poles in your pajamas and go vote..like your section 8 apartments and your food stamps depend on it....cuz it does!!!!!
Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on October 27, 2012 at 8:52am

Absolutely Pam !

VOTE VOTE 

Comment by Pam on October 27, 2012 at 8:24am

THE EVEN BETTER COME BACK WOULD BE TO.........VOTE......VOTE........VOTE.......VOTE........VOTE.....EVERYONE.

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on October 26, 2012 at 4:36pm
Comment by ROSIE M. PEARCE on October 26, 2012 at 3:05pm

  DONALD TRUMP IS AN A****** , THEY HAVE NEVER DONE THIS TO ANY PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ,SO BECAUSE PRESIDENT OBAMA IS BLACK THEY ARE COMING UP WITH SO MUCH BULLSHIT AND I DO MEAN BULLSHIT , THEY NEED TO STOP IT . BAD ENOUGH THEY HAVE GONE AND FIXED THE POLLS IN STATES SO PRESIDENT DOES NOT WIN IN THOSE STATES AT ALL THEY TINK PEOPLE DON T NO THAT .. SO PEOPLE OF COLOR PLEASE GO AND VOTE THIS IS UR LIFE THAT THESE CRAZY WITH PEOPLE ARE PLAYING WITH ,THEY ARE SENDING U BACK TO SLAVERY  DAYS WAKE THE HELL UP PEOPLE PLEASE .

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on October 26, 2012 at 12:47pm

The out right disrespect for a sitting president of any parties is evident by the level of deception and deviation of matters pertinent to the nation .

President Obama has represented himself in an intelligent and respectful manner.

                                                         VOTE VOTE VOTE

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on October 26, 2012 at 11:52am

Comment by BK on October 26, 2012 at 11:40am

What is this???  a Reality Show?   Meanwhile your taxes are about to increase HR3630..

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