The already charged political debate in America became electrified yesterday when President Obama was asked what he thought about GOP front runner Donald Trump and said "You can put a toupee on a donkey but it's still a donkey".
GOP activists reacted with fury, claiming that this was intended to compare the billionaire presidential hopeful to a farmyard animal and not a very bright one either. However, White House press officers pointed out that the President did not actually refer to Mr Trump and that nothing he said could be properly taken to mean that Donald Trump is a wig-wearing jackass.
Voters were stunned at the development, which has been compared to the fracas in 2008 when President Obama said "You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig". At the time, it was claimed that this was a reference to Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, whose face has some hoggish features and whose intellect is widely agreed to be in the low single digits, like that of a pig. However, it was subsequently proved that President Obama's comment was made while he was teaching some White House interns how to dress up animals, so it was totally innocent and ok.
However, many Democrats remain concerned, one saying "You can't keep comparing your political opponents to farm yard animals, particularly ones that are not very bright".
Donald Trump was reported to have responded by saying (to shrieking fans), "Donald J. Trump wants to know, what the hell's going on?"