FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
The morning after his TV show "Celebrity Apprentice" was interrupted by the breaking news that Osama bin Laden had been killed, Donald Trump released a statement congratulating President Obama and calling for an end to party politics for "the next several days."
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He has been uncharacteristically quiet since, especially for a guy who spent weeks adding fuel to the “birther” controversy, badgering the president on a number of issues and tiptoeing around talk of his own presidential run in 2012.
Chances are Trump has been quiet, in part, because he is still smarting from the White House Correspondents' dinner two Saturdays ago. President Obama and the evening's emcee, "Saturday Night Live's" Seth Myers, separately skewered Trump at the gala event with a series of jokes on everything from his lack of political experience to his hair. It was a world class beatdown, and by the look on his face - Trump was there– he didn't take the jokes very well. But luckily for him, the news on bin Laden limited that embarrassment quickly.
Last week Trump announced he was pulling out of an appearance to drive the Indianapolis 500 pace car at the upcoming race on May 29th. Trump said it wouldn't be appropriate for the spotlight to be on him during the race's 100th anniversary if he had a possible presidential run on his mind. It may be the first time in recorded history that Donald Trump declined the spotlight.
Then there's this: According to a CNN Opinion Research poll, 57 percent of Americans say Trump is tough enough to handle a crisis in this country and 51 percent say he can get the economy back on its feet. But only 37 percent say Trump can manage the government. And only about one-third says he's honest and trustworthy. These poll numbers are as dismal as his chances of being elected.
Here’s my question to you: Is a presidential run already over for Donald Trump?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
H.J. in St. Paul, Minnesota:
When Obama made a public spectacle of him, he was finished. The guy is a joke. Once someone called him out, he was going to be done. I mean he took credit for insulting the president into showing a non-necessary piece of identification. What a chump.
Tom in Texas:
It was over before he started, and everyone knew it but him. However, I am still hoping he will be the Republican candidate because there will be no one easier to beat.
Paul in New Port Richey, Florida:
Trump didn't get where he is by throwing in the towel when things got a little tough. I like his in-your-face, no-nonsense style. It's too soon to count him out.
Carol in Northampton, Massachusetts:
Did you see the White House Correspondents' Dinner? Trump left despondent, but the look on his wife's face said it all. It was over that night. And that was before Obama got Osama.
Donald in Burkesville, Kentucky:
I seriously doubt that Obama is worried about running against Trump. If Trump could somehow win the Republican nomination, Obama's 2012 victory would be the biggest landslide in history. On the other hand, Trump could just do enough damage to any other prospective GOP candidate that the end result would be the same. Personally, I believe Trump is an Obama supporter in disguise and will disrupt the GOP efforts in 2012, thus being President Obama's Trump-card.
Steve in New York:
Obviously the press has already destroyed him. Left-wingers have spoken. Even though Trump is right in everything he has said, the press doesn't like the way he said it.
There you go: That's how we pick our presidents in this country.
Josh in New York, New York:
Trump for President? Fuggedaboutit! I was hoping he'd last longer, just because I like a good laugh. The idea of his candidacy was preposterous from the start. He makes Sarah Palin look like the thinking voter's candidate. Donald Trump's enduring contribution to society is the fact that he is the living embodiment of the notion that "money doesn't buy class."