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WASHINGTON – Donald Trump continued to dig into Barack Obama during his appearance at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's conference Friday, pointing to a major media bias when it comes to coverage of the president's mistakes.
Trump walked on stage to the theme music of his television show, “The Apprentice,” and derailed Obama as an amateur and awkward.
The business mogul mocked Obama's rise to the presidency, saying that he endured many primary losses to then-Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton and "limped over the finish line barely."
He also called attention to Obama's gaffs during his visit with Britain's royal family.
During his May visit at Buckingham Palace, the president toasted the Queen during a dinner prepared in his honor. However, Obama said the phrase "To Her Majesty the Queen" early in his speech, cuing the band to play "God Save the Queen."
Despite the mistake, Obama continued to speak over the music. British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg later defended him saying, "I thought you did exactly the right thing."
Still, Trump said, "He made a horrendous toast, a very inappropriate toast."
He also brought attention to the president's gaff in signing and dating the guest book 2008, rather than 2011, to show how Obama has become a media darling who can do no wrong.
"I watched the news the next day and they're saying, 'Isn't that cute?' 'Isn't that wonderful?' 'Oh that was so funny when he said that;' 'oh, oh, he's so smart;' 'It was so funny,'" Trump observed. "I said to myself, 'I wonder what would have happened if George Bush signed it May of '08? I wonder if almost anybody was three years off.'"
Google News' article tracker substantiates Trump's claim showing less than 500 news sources published stories headlining Obama's toast mistake compared to the 1,000 sources that published stories with headlines about Obama strengthening U.S.- U.K. ties.
He summed, "That's part of ... the problem that the Republicans are going to have. Nobody is protected [in the press] like Barack Hussein Obama."
However, he reassured that there were plenty of things sabotaging Obama's 2012 run.
"[In 2008] we had a problem with the economy and he (Obama) got in and the problem that we have now is unbelievable because the economy has gotten a lot worst [and] probably will get a lot worse," Trump said.
Trump also mentioned the increase in the unemployment rates, the high gas prices and national debt.
He warned, "If we don't make a change from the top, we're going over the ledge."
Trump, who held firm to his suggestions that America take possession of the oil in Iraq and charge foreign countries to provide military defense, did not announce a renewed interest in the 2012 race. He had announced last month that he would not be entering the race.
In fact, he attributed his lead in national polls to the basic truths he speaks, not his image as a candidate.
Trump called for new leadership in the White House and said, "If we have the right leadership this country can be great again."
The Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing kicked off Friday with conservative Christian voters and a host of GOP presidential hopefuls and candidates. The two-day event is put on by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, led by Ralph Reed, which emphasizes faith, the dignity of life and marriage, personal responsibility, and helping the poor.