Trumpdate: He's Decided to Run 'In My Mind'

Plus: the aspiring president's LaToya Jackson diplomacy and Letterman spat

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One reason running against an incumbent president is so hard is that your opponent gets all these chances to look presidential as he conducts foreign affairs. This is especially true on a night when you're firing the sister of a deceased pop star on your reality show just as the president is announcing the death of the nation's No. 1 enemy for the last 10 years. Poor Donald Trump. After weeks of good luck, he can't catch a break. This is Trumpdate.

  • A Decision Has Been Made Trump says he's decided "in my mind" about running for president in 2012, even though "I can't do anything until the show ends." His platform, now that the birth certificate issue has been resolved, will be somehow forcing the countries of OPEC to lower fuel prices because "They may like me or not like me, but nobody will be ripping us off," Turmp told Bloomberg's Sara Forden.
  • Too Many Unpresidential Swears "There’s a lot of things Mister Trump can be proud of, but some of this rhetoric and this focusing on the president’s birth, I do not think is the way for us to win the White House," Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Fox News Sunday. Furthermore, Trump's big stump speech in Las Vegas last week was peppered with profanity, and "Most Americans don’t want their president to go around saying the f-word," the Republican said.
  • Seth Meyers Is a 'Stutterer' Trump suffered many a sick burn at the hands of both Obama and Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers at the White House Correspondents Dinner this weekend. Trump did not handle the abuse gracefully. "I thought Seth Meyers, frankly, his delivery was not good. He’s a stutterer and he was having a hard time," Trump said, according to The Washington Post's Jen Carney.
  • Unfires LaToya Jackson as bin Laden News Breaks As the Drudge Report noted, news of Osama bin Laden's death broke during an episode of Celebrity Apprentice. During the episode, however, Trump's diplomacy were on display in his delicate discussions with LaToya Jackson and her un-firing. Let's check in with the recap from Entertainment Weekly's Dalton Ross:

Let’s examine that allegedly 'strong case' that La Toya presented. Here's exactly what she said--after, of course, forgetting all the idiotic things: 'I want to come back. I want to come back because I want to show my strength. I want to prove my ability. Let me come back. Let me be with the guys. Let me show you.' So, in essence, by proving what a terrible businesswoman she is by being completely incapable of selling herself and her accomplishments, La Toya somehow ends up back in the game! The irony is just too delicious for words."

  • Cancels Letterman After Being Called Racist David Letterman tore into Trump on the Late Show Thursday night, saying the questioning of Obama's birth certificate and then college grades were racist. "My point is it's all fun, it's all circus, it's all a rodeo, until it starts to smack of racism," Letterman said. "And then it's no longer fun ... How can you say things like that if you're not a racist?" In response, Trump wrote a letter to Letterman canceling his appearance on the Late Show, the New York Post reports. The letter reads,

"I was disappointed to hear the statements you made about me last night on your show that I was a 'racist.' ... In actuality, nothing could be further from the truth and there is nobody who is less of a racist than Donald Trump. ... Based upon your statements, and despite the fact that we have always done so well together, especially in your ratings, I am canceling my May 18th appearance on your show. ... Additionally, please inform your staff that I will likewise not do the 'top ten' list that they had been trying to set up."

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