Earlier Wednesday, Trump offered to make a $5 million contribution to Obama’s charity of choice if the president would release his college transcripts and passport records. “Frankly, it’s a check that I very much want to write,” Trump said in a YouTube video. (Trump has questioned whether Obama’s birth certificate issued by the state of Hawaii is legitimate; the White House subsequently released the long-form copy of Obama’s birth certificate.)
Obama told Leno that the beef dates back to when he and Trump were growing up in Kenya.
“We had constant run-ins on the soccer field,” Obama joked. “He wasn’t very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over.”
It was Obama’s fifth visit to Leno’s show — his third as president. In 2009, the two men made TV history when Obama became the first sitting American president to appear on a late-night talk show. That visit attracted more than 14 million viewers.
Obama no doubt hoped Wednesday’s visit would attract a similar crowd.
Discovery’s ‘White House’
Has Discovery Channel decided how the presidential election is going to shake out?
The Silver Spring-based network announced Wednesday that it will broadcast a new documentary Sunday called “Flipping the White House,” in which former staffers discuss what it’s like to transform the White House when one president leaves and another moves in.
“When a U.S. President is sworn into office at high noon on inauguration day . . . [a] hand-picked and highly trained team is tasked with transitioning the old administration out as the new administration moves in — all in less than six hours,” Discovery said Wednesday.
“The outgoing president exits the home on inauguration day, and the incoming president enters the home complete with pictures on the walls, books on the shelves, and socks in the drawers just a few hours later,” Discovery added.
“Flipping the White House” will feature interviews with James Baker, chief of staff for President Ronald Reagan; Mack McLarty, chief of staff for President Bill Clinton; President George W. Bush’s adviser Karen Hughes; and former vice president Dan Quayle.
Also interviewed: Desiree Rogers, former White House social secretary for the Obamas, and Karl Rove, senior adviser and deputy chief of staff for President Bush.
Rove is better known these days as co-founder of American Crossroads. That super-PAC’s $12.6 million ad buy made it possible for those Clint Eastwood political ads — in which the actor/director indicts Obama’s presidency as a failure and urges people to vote Obama out of the White House, warning: “There’s not much time left, and the future of our country is at stake” — to begin airing in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.