Obama talks Trump, debates, baseball on 'Tonight'
President Barack Obama talks with Jay Leno, right, during a commercial break during the taping of his appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — What's real estate mogul Donald Trump got against President Barack Obama? The president says it's an old grudge that goes back — way, way back — to their childhood days in Kenya.
"We had constant run-ins on the soccer fields," Obama told "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno during a tongue-in-cheek knock on Trump Wednesday night on NBC. "He wasn't very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over."
Trump became a leading voice in the "birther" movement, the discredited but very much alive conspiracy theory that Obama was actually born outside of the U.S. and isn't constitutionally eligible to be president. Earlier Wednesday, Trump offered to donate $5 million to the president's charity of choice if he would release his college and passport records.
In this photo provided by NBC, President Barack Obama appears on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
Wisecracks aside, Obama told Leno that he has never actually met Trump.
When Leno asked Obama if he was glad the presidential debates are over, the president responded, "You know, I was sort of getting the hang of it." Obama, whose performance in the first debate was widely panned, said he didn't do an effective job of energetically outlining the contrast of visions between him and Republican Mitt Romney.
Part of the problem with a debate, Obama said, is that it's not a natural way of communicating — having an argument with someone as you sit next to him.