TheDC Morning: The Donald Trump Show rolls on

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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1.) The Donald Trump Show rolls on — The world’s (maybe universe’s?) greatest businessman (or so it seems listening to him speak) talked to TheDC’s Alex Pappas about his  offer to give $5 million dollars to a charity of the president’s choosing if President Obama reveals his college records and passport application:

“The Daily Caller also asked Trump if — in addition to offering the reward for Obama’s compliance — he has considered offering $5 million to anyone else who could provide the records. ‘I’d sort of like to do that,’ he said. ‘I never thought of that, actually. That’s not a bad idea.’ ‘But you know what? If I did that, and I got the records, and if I gave them to the press, the press would say, These records aren’t real.'”

Reality check: If Trump really wanted the records, he would offer the money to anyone who could get him the goods, not just to a charity of Obama’s choosing. For $5 million, a lot of people would probably be willing to break the law. But one suspects he probably doesn’t really want to pay out the millions. That said, count TheDC Morning as one outlet that would like to see President Obama’s college records —  it enjoyed seeing President Bush’s, John Kerry’s and Rick Perry’s. For all his faults, Trump is certainly an entertaining character.

2.) Women, women everywhere — TheDC’s Gregg Re reviews how Team Obama has staged the president’s recent appearances:

“If you’d like to sit directly behind President Barack Obama during one of his big, nationally televised campaign speeches — right where people at home can see you on television — it’d help if you aren’t a white man. An analysis by The Daily Caller of video clips of nearly a dozen recent Obama campaign rallies reveals that the president and his surrogates have an affinity for speaking exclusively in front of women and minorities. …  The president has a history of carefully choosing his backdrops before major addresses. In 2009, at the request of the White House, Georgetown University officials covered a historic symbol of Jesus Christ in a university auditorium so that it would not be visible on television when the president spoke. A similar review of Romney’s recent rallies showed significantly more gender diversity. In Virginia, Nevada, Wisconsin, Denver, Ohio and Florida, for example, Romney stood in front of what appeared to be a mostly even mixture of men and women. Obama’s rallies did, however, display more racial diversity, reflecting the president’s tremendous popularity among minorities.”

3.) Powell repeats — Colin Powell endorsed President Obama again on Thursday, citing both economic and foreign policy issues:

“In an appearance on Thursday’s broadcast of ‘CBS This Morning’ former Secretary of State Colin Powell said he had no regrets about endorsing President Barack Obama in 2008, and once again endorsed the incumbent president over Republican nominee Mitt Romney. … Powell, author of ‘It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership,’ explained that his reasoning for giving Obama his vote this second time around dealt with his handling of the financial crisis, even though he said the economy has much room for improvement.”

4.) Sex and the presidency — A new pro-Obama ad gets down and dirty, reports TheDC’s Caroline May:

“Voting is sexy and voting for the first time is — well, like losing your virginity. Or something. At least according to a new Barack Obama campaign ad. Lena Dunham, the 26 year old creator of the HBO series ‘Girls,’ makes a sexualized play for the youth vote in the Web video, released Thursday. In a spliced-together video of Dunham looking directly into the camera and appealing to young voters, she analogizes first-time voting to first-time sex and obliquely makes the case for choosing Obama to be the one.”

5.) “The Lizard King” quote of the day — From “The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama’s True Intergalactic Ambitions By An Anonymous White House Staffer,” edited and introduced by Daily Caller writers Jamie Weinstein and Will Rahn:

“It was only then that I noticed that we weren’t driving anywhere near the White House. We were in Virginia, in fact, and for a second I thought, between this unexpected conversation and his general appearance, that maybe Axelrod had snapped. ‘Just put together everything you can,’ he said. ‘A catalog of rebuttals. And only show it to me. Now, have you ever been to Arby’s? I know a great one near McLean.’ ‘Roast beef for breakfast,’ he said. ‘What a concept. What a country.'”

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6.) Poll of the Day: Is Michigan really in play? — Baydoun/Foster poll of Michigan: President Obama 46.92%, Mitt Romney 46.52%. The RealClearPolitics polling average has President Obama up 4%.

VIDEO: Ed Rendell says “startling upset” for Romney “a possibility” in Pennsylvania 

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