US Presidential Election 2012

Jocular Obama trumps tycoon with Kenya gag

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 October, 2012, 4:55am

President Barack Obama has lampooned Donald Trump, saying the tycoon's feud with him dated back to "when we were growing up together in Kenya".

Obama ribbed the flamboyant mogul during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno after Trump revived the right-wing conspiracy theory that alleges the president was not born in the United States.

"This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya," Obama joked. "We had constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn't very good and resented it," said Obama, who was born in Hawaii the son of a white American mother and Kenyan father.

"When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over," the president said.

Trump has demanded Obama release his college and passport records, saying that if this happened by October 31 he would donate US$5 million to a charity of Obama's choice.