President Barack Obama has trolled Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump – known for his prolific use of Twitter to settle scores —making Mr Trump the punch line for jokes on ABC’s late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Mr Obama read aloud a series of “mean tweets” culminating in one from Trump: “President Obama will do down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!”
“At least I will go down as a president,” Mr Obama said smugly.
Kimmel joked that Mr Obama had to “take time away from helping rig the election” to appear on the show, a dig at Mr Trump, who has repeatedly said the November 8 vote is rigged against him.
Mr Obama picked up on the joke while describing how comedian Bill Murray beat him in a contest to putt golf balls into a glass in the Oval Office during a recent visit — a stunt the White House designed to promote Obamacare health insurance.
“He won repeatedly,” Mr Obama said. “The glass was rigged!”
Kimmel asked Mr Obama, “Do you ever laugh” when watching (Mr) Trump on television. “Most of the time,” Mr Obama said.
Obama nails the Mean Tweets segment
Mr Obama also revealed he has been called on a special phone by his bed “three or four times” in the middle of the night during his time in office to deal with emergencies, including when the 2011 tsunami hit Japan.
But he said he does not reach for his smartphone in the wee hours —another dig at the Republican candidate.
“I don’t tweet at 3am about people who insult me,” Mr Obama said.
Mr Obama’s second and final term ends on January 20. Under the US constitution, presidents are limited to two terms — which is just as well, Mr Obama said.
“If I were able to run for a third term, Michelle would divorce me,” he said, noting his wife does not like politics.