Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump likes it when the president talks about him, even if he's only the butt of a joke.
Trump recently told the New York Daily News that he was thrilled to draw the mockery of President Barack Obama over the weekend during a comedic address at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
"I was honored ... It was done in a very nice fashion and well delivered," Trump said. "He is the president, and his first words were uttered about Donald Trump."
On Saturday, Obama opened with a jab at Trump, a frequent critic of the president's, saying "last year at this time, this very weekend, we finally delivered justice to one of the world’s most notorious individuals."
A screen above the president then flashed a picture of Trump at a Comedy Central roast, instead of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was widely believed to have been in the process of being targeted during the 2011 dinner.
Obama focused more intently on Trump during the dinner in 2011, ribbing him repeatedly for being one of the most outspoken perpetrators of theories about the existence -- and then authenticity -- of the president's birth certificate.
"Now, I know that [Trump's] taken some flak lately, but no one is prouder to put this birth certificate to rest than 'The Donald.' Now he can get to focusing on the issues that matter, like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened at Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?" Obama said in 2011, targeting Trump, who was present at the dinner.
Trump didn't appear to take much delight in the thrashing.
"Well, I really understood what I was getting into -- I didn't know that I'd be virtually the sole focus," Trump said later. "I had no idea it would be to that extent, where you know, it was just joke after joke after joke. It was almost like, is there anyone else they could talk about?"