- Comedian Trevor Noah poked fun at former President Barack Obama for roasting both President Donald Trump and Kanye West, claiming it was Obama’s jokes that pushed them to run for office.
- “Are you going to be more careful moving forward about who you roast?” Noah asked Obama.
- The former president then joked about roasting people he liked more and even made a birtherism joke.
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Trevor Noah joked that former President Barack Obama’s quips about both President Donald Trump and Kanye West pushed them both to run for office.
“Are you going to be more careful, moving forward, about who you roast? I say this because you roasted Donald Trump. He ran for president. You roasted Kanye West. He ran for president,” Noah told Obama during an interview.
He added: “So, I don’t know if you noticed but you have an ability to inspire people to run for the highest office in the land, with some of the jokes you tell about them.”
Obama and comedian Seth Meyers bantered about the possibility of a Trump run for office during a 2011 White House Correspondents dinner.
In 2015, when Kanye West initially announced that he would run for president in 2020, Obama made a few jokes as advice for the rapper including: “Saying that you have a beautiful dark twisted fantasy, that’s what’s known as ‘off message’ in politics.”
Obama even poked a joke at himself while roasting West.
“Do you really think this country is gonna let a black guy from the south side of Chicago with a funny name be president of the United States?” Obama said.
In his interview with Noah, Obama joked that he should “roast people I admire more.”
He then suggested he roast Noah more often, and made a birtherism joke.
In the past, Trump repeatedly and baselessly insinuated that Obama was not born in the US and was not a US citizen. Trump called on Obama to release his birth certificate to prove that he was born in the US, during the 2012 presidential election.
“I’ll start roasting you man, who knows. Although you weren’t born here,” Obama said. “But look I was able to get away with it apparently.”