Former president Barack Obama speaks during the first day of the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago on Oct. 31. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)
On the opening day of his foundation’s summit in Chicago, former president Barack Obama added managed to troll the current president without mentioning him by name.
“The reason I’m so excited to see you all here today in part is because this is where I started,” Obama said Tuesday. “This isn’t where I was born. I was born in Kenya [pause for laughs]. That’s a joke.”
Obama, who brought 500 thought leaders, including famous friends such Prince Harry, to Chicago for a two-day summit, never mentioned Trump but did make a reference to the current political climate. “The moment we are in right now is the tail, not the dog,” he said.
The former commander (and comedian) in chief is no stranger to poking fun at the “birther” conspiracies that claimed that he wasn’t born in Hawaii but in Kenya (where his father is from) and was therefore ineligible for the Oval Office.
Most famously, Obama roasted the rumors at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner while Trump, then the leading voice in the birther “movement,” sat in the audience. Afterward, some theorized that the punchlines thrown at Trump fueled his eventual run for president.
[I sat next to Donald Trump at the infamous 2011 White House correspondents’ dinner]
Obama opened with a recording of the Hulk Hogan theme song “Real American” and later unveiled his “long-form birth video” — a clip from Disney’s “The Lion King.” Halfway through his nearly 20-minute routine, the president turned his attention to Trump.
“Now, I know that he’s taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald,” Obama said from the podium at the Washington Hilton that night in 2011. “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?”