Donald Trump is a person. Like some people in America, he is famous: First for his success as a real estate developer, then for his Milton Bradley board game “Trump,” and more recently for his NBC television program “The Apprentice.” A little while ago, he said he was interested in running for president. This interest, as sometimes is the case, coincided with the latest season of his television program. Somewhere along the line, after saying he was interested in running for president, he came up with the idea that Barack Obama (who is the current president of the United States) was not born here. This would be bad if it were true, because the president is supposed to be born in the country that he governs. So Mr. Trump went on a lot of talk shows saying how he thought it was wrong that the president wasn’t born here. And he also talked about his television program (which featured the operatic singer/actor Meatloaf and the star of Lethal Weapon).
A week or two later the president released a copy of his birth certificate and then made fun of Mr. Trump at a televised dinner party. He laughed at the president’s jokes, but it looked like his feelings were hurt. Then the network that airs his television program renewed it for another season. Soon after that, Mr. Trump said that he would not be running for president, even though he would “be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election.” And then it was over. Or maybe not. Because just today I read that “Reality television star and real estate mogul Donald Trump has accused President Barack Obama of releasing a doctored birth certificate. Trump claims to have hired a computer forensic expert who determined the certificate was not authentic.” With Mr. Trump on the case, what could go wrong?
(Illustration: Jason Seiler)