Video: Obama Slams Trump: ‘This Is Not Entertainment. This Is Not A Reality Show.’


WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama today warned that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is not fit for the nation’s highest office, saying that “this is not a reality show.”


“He has a long record that needs to be examined,” Obama said during a news conference at the White House. “I think it is important for us to take seriously statements he’s made in the past. But most importantly, I just want to emphasize the degree to which we are in serious times. This is not entertainment. … This is a contest for president of the United States.”

Taking up a message he delivered last month at an awards banquet for journalists, Obama implored reporters to dig into the statements and policy proposals of candidates. On Trump, he added that “taking a position where you threaten war, where you’re upending critical relations with other countries or you would potentially break the financial system. That needs to be reported on.”

Obama said that he has concerns “about the degree of reporting and information that emphasizes the spectacle or circus. That’s not something we can afford.”

A short time later, a reporter asked Obama to respond to a message Trump posted on Twitter of a photo of himself eating a “taco bowl” and a note saying, “I love Hispanics!” The message, coming on the Cinco de Mayo holiday, offended some Hispanics.

“I have no thoughts on Mr. Trump’s tweets,” Obama replied. He said he would not have thoughts on Trump’s social media throughout the election. “You can file that away.”

Obama was asked to respond to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s statement on Thursday that he was not ready to support Trump.

“There’s no doubt there is a debate that’s taking place inside the Republican Party about who they are and what they represent,” Obama said. “Their standard bearer at the moment is Donald Trump. It’s not just Republican officials but Republican voters who have to make the decision whether this is the guy who speaks for them and represents their values.”

(c) 2016, The Washington Post · David Nakamura 



  1. Whew that was straight from the horses mouth. Try swapping Donald Trump in this article to Barak Obama. Everything I mean everything was already tried by President Obama. I love the way he lectures others. From experience!

  2. So can anyone explain the past seven and half years with this person who has no idea of to be president?
    And who is he to say who is fit for the presidency?

  3. Say what you want about Donald Trump, but he will definitely not try to INTENTIONALLY bring down the United States as Obama tried so hard to do. If anything, Trump (or whomever takes over in November) has the arduous task of cleaning up the mess Obama will be leaving behind – if that’s even possible.

  4. Obama is the reason why trump had such success because Obama ran the presidency like a game. He sat like a hoodlum with his feet on the whitehouse desk. He stood up Netanyahu a few times. He’s acted like a pompous big shot with anything and evthng. Even the First Lady tapped queen Elizabeth on her back. Yes mr president it’s not a game show and that’s why we need someone like Mr trump, to bring back respect to the position of the president chosen by the people of our great nation