Mitt Romney supporter Donald Trump had teased that he had a "big" announcement that was "bordering on gigantic" concerning the President of the United States. Trump appeared on Fox & Friends claiming that his announcement can "possibly" alter the course of the election, promising that it wouldn't be "about Donald Trump" but "about the United States of America...It's going to be very big. I know one thing - you will cover it in a very big fashion."
"The Apprentice" star claimed it wouldn't be a publicity stunt, insisting the announcement was "not a media event" but "about the United States of America."
Trump's announcement arrived on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 12pm EST in a YouTube video and Facebook post. Later, critics commented that the "bombshell" was less explosive than presumed.
Trump announced he will give $5 million to a charity of the president's choice if he provides him with his college transcripts and passport records by Halloween. His request for the president's passport records is a follow-up to the "birther" controversy that claims Obama was not born in the U.S. which would make him ineligible for the presidency.
The response to Trump's announcement in social media ranged from very funny to serious disappointments.
Comic Andy Borowitz tweeted, "Attention parents: if you give your children even the tiniest bit of attention now, maybe they won't grow up to be Donald Trump."
Huffington Post's Jason Linkins asked, 'Was Donald Trump's Announcement A Gigantic, Pointless Waste Of Time Promulgated By A Venal Con Artist?"
@ninatypewriter tweeted, "Donald Trump has a different definition for the word bombshell than the rest of the world."
The billionaire, however, tweeted he was pleased with the response to his video. "The response has been fantastic - actually overwhelming! Thank you!" Trump tweeted.
The president himself poked fun of Trump's demands on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. President Obama appeared on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
"We had constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn't very good and resented it," joked Obama. "When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over."
Asked about the reality TV mogul's offer, Obama campaign strategist David Plouffe reportedly told the Washington Post: "Direct those questions to Boston, because Trump is Mitt Romney's biggest supporter, so he owns everything he says."
The White House has not yet responded to Trump's offer, and will unlikely do so.
Here is a list of commentary from various media and political pundits' remarks on Donald Trump's "October Surprise."
Joseph Wiesenthal of Business Insider joked, "Today's Gallup poll will be completely useless, since it will have been entirely conducted before the Trump offer."
Republican Jim Geraghty of the conservative National Review wrote: "If at any point you seriously considered Donald Trump for president, please study the error of your ways in quiet, private contemplation."
The Washington Post's Chris Cilizza joked, "Me to Donald Trump: Go away. Please."
TheOnion called Trump "a sad, sad man."
CBS News wrote, "Turns out - and brace yourself - he actually didn't have anything at all."
New York Daily News wrote that Trump's "bombshell was a bust."
Newsday's Verne Gay called it" One big ffffttttzzzz . . . Donald wants to know if Obama got a C in chemistry while the president says he got a B."
MSN called it a "dud." That it was the "big letdown of the day (and) not surprisingly, social media is disappointed."
Watch the video below where President Obama responds to Donald Trump's "deal"