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Obama: Feud with Trump goes back to childhood in Kenya

By Ben Feller

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:19 a.m. HST, Oct 25, 2012

BURBANK, Calif. >>  What's real estate mogul Donald Trump got against President Barack Obama? The president says it's an old grudge that goes back — way, way back — to their childhood days in Kenya.

"We had constant run-ins on the soccer fields," Obama told "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno during a tongue-in-cheek knock on Trump Wednesday night. "He wasn't very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over."

Trump became a leading voice in the "birther" movement, the discredited but very much alive conspiracy theory that Obama was actually born outside of the U.S. and isn't constitutionally eligible to be president. Earlier Wednesday, Trump offered to donate $5 million to the president's charity of choice if he would release his college and passport records.

Wisecracks aside, Obama told Leno that he has never actually met Trump.

When Leno asked Obama if he was glad the presidential debates are over, the president responded, "You know, I was sort of getting the hang of it." Obama, whose performance in the first debate was widely panned, said he didn't do an effective job of energetically outlining the contrast of visions between him and Republican Mitt Romney.

Part of the problem with a debate, Obama said, is that it's not a natural way of communicating — having an argument with someone as you sit next to him.

"Well," Leno said, "you're married."

Obama shot back: "But the difference is, with Michelle, I just concede every point."

Asked which team he was backing in the World Series, the Detroit Tigers or the San Francisco Giants, Obama managed to get in a dig at Romney: "I will say, I've spent a lot of time in Detroit lately, and I didn't want to let go Detroit go bankrupt. So in this particular World Series, I might be a little partial."

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ghstar wrote:
Ha Ha. I can just see the trunpster out on dirt soccer field. What would he do with his hair?
on October 24,2012 | 07:03PM
tiki886 wrote:
Obama is on The View, Jon Stewart, Letterman, Leno and other pop shows, etc. He's campaigning for mo money everyday. Who's running the country? No wonder we have 4 dead Americans and no ones knows what happened.

We need to fire his azzz.

on October 24,2012 | 07:05PM
jussayin wrote:
I wondered the same as tiki886. Obama has been campaigning for about a year or more. Heck, being the president is like a part time job. And there's no doubt who StarAdvertiser likes. They're not very objective in their coverage.
on October 24,2012 | 07:56PM
grantos wrote:
George W. Bush took 1,020 vacation days during the presidency.
on October 24,2012 | 08:22PM
XML808 wrote:
Even when he was there, he wasn't all there LOL
on October 25,2012 | 07:18AM
busterb wrote:
And that's only for the days he turned in a form for...
on October 25,2012 | 07:58AM
Brixac3 wrote:
As usual StarAdvertiser is subtly endorsing a candidate. Where is the real journalism?! The Libya cover up is the real story! It's been revealed that the time lines on security allert telegrams show that the POTUS, Clinton and State Department knew there was a terrorist attack in progress in Libya on 9/11/12 and they chose not to send in the military to rescue our citizens! Where is the real journalistic integrity!? The POTUS was briefed on what was happening and turned around and said they we're still investing the cause. He then said it was as a result of a video. He's repeated that lie over and over even after admitting it was a terrorist attack. Where is the news media on this story! Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal was fanned into a flame mostly to do with the subsequent COVER UP! WHERE IS THE HONESTY AND INTEGRITY OF THE STARADVERTISER?! IT'S OBVIOUS TO ANYONE WITH HALF A BRAIN THAT THERE'S A COVER UP GOING ON HERE! The fact that this is the 4th terrorist attack on the Commander-In-Chief's 4 year watch should make us all VERY concerned.
on October 24,2012 | 07:16PM
PMiller4249 wrote:
Now he blaming Anti Terrorism Chief for testifying Libya was terrorism!
on October 24,2012 | 08:26PM
Smiling wrote:
...and your point is????.......if Romny is elected, we will be involved in yet ANOTHER war...with more and more Americans killed...either in Syria or Iran.......This great country of ours cannot and SHOULD NOT sacrifice any more American men and women in these Middle East wars....all in the name of the infamous "weapons of mass destruction"...of which there were NONE...thank you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney!!!!!
on October 24,2012 | 07:41PM
1assa wrote:
i still can visualize General Powell shaking a vial of "something" on the speakers podium.
on October 24,2012 | 08:00PM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Stay on point! Mr.Bush and Mr.Cheney does not run the country now nor in the future. My one vote will be for the American candidate.
on October 24,2012 | 10:48PM
PMiller4249 wrote:
Tongue and cheek, he not Presidential, anyone that wants him after last four yrs deserves to suffer 4 more yrs. For me I will survive , pull all finance and refuse taxes!
on October 24,2012 | 08:14PM
grantos wrote:
promise to refuse taxes? i'll gladly pay taxes for your incarceration :)
on October 24,2012 | 08:24PM
PMiller4249 wrote:
think he should personally go to Libya and solve his dilemma! HA!
on October 24,2012 | 08:16PM
9ronboz wrote:
And apologize
on October 25,2012 | 12:09AM
PMiller4249 wrote:
If this paper ends up supporting Obama, please automatically cancel my subscription! Will not pay!
on October 24,2012 | 08:22PM
Mana07 wrote:
Boy that Obama is just so funny! How hilarious is this economy? The price of gas? The tax rate? The number of people on food stamps? The number of people unemployed? Apologizing to radical muslims? Dead Americans? Haha boy that Obama is a real knee slapper.
on October 25,2012 | 05:28AM
false wrote:
Silliness, at a time when we need serious. The man has no knowledge of, or interest in our economy. Great on divide in an effort to win. He hopes to build a majority out of single issue nuts. Folks need jobs first, then we can address other issues.
on October 25,2012 | 06:20AM
mcc wrote:
Lots of jobs, with Romney...in the Army!
on October 25,2012 | 11:36AM
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