You’ve just got to love Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, Trump announced that he would donate $5 million dollars to the charity of the President’s choice IF Obama would only make public his college applications and transcripts and the contents of his official passport dossier. Naturally, we know Trump is after information about the President’s early days.
Trump is among those who are not fully convinced that Barack Obama was born in the United States even though it was Trump who forced the President’s hand with regard to the release of the elusive long-form birth certificate toward the middle of his first term. (That birth certificate continues to be the source of much speculation and at least one investigation by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio who claims the document posted by the President is fraudulent.) Now, though, Trump is fishing for more information.
It has long been suggested that Barack Obama entered college as a foreign student. Evidence such as a biographic blurb in an early Publisher’s catalog which claims that Obama was the first African-born president of the Harvard Law Review continues to fuel controversy. (The aforementioned catalog was not “corrected” until 2007 when then Senator Obama announced his Presidential bid.)
So, Trump baits the latest hook with five million bucks. That has to be a very tempting proposition. The president can pick any charity he wishes and The Donald promises to write the check within one hour of receiving the documents he requested. Of course, this must be done before the end of October – in time to impact the election one way or the other.
If the President does NOT participate in the Trump challenge, he will be seen as a man who has something to hide - something so bad that he would withhold a truckload of money from needy people. Who wants a president like that? On the other hand, if the President really doesn’t have anything to conceal and complies with the Trump requests, he will put to rest the rumors and speculation that’s plagued his administration and come across as a good sport who cares for the underprivileged.
It seems like a no-brainer to me.
We shall see. But, if I were the President, I’d make a condition of my own. I’d insist that in his next press conference, Donald Trump hold an Obama yard sign and wear a t-shirt and baseball cap to match. But that might muss the comb-over. Okay. That might be just too much to ask.
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