This crowd cheered when they heard a valedictorian quote Trump. It was actually Obama
WASHINGTON (Circa) -- Ben Bowling was giving his graduation speech at a Kentucky high school and needed a quote to spice up his oration.
"This is the part of my speech where I share some inspirational quotes I found on Google," the 18-year-old said. "'Don't just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.' - Donald J. Trump."
The Courier-Journal reports the crowd cheered and applauded after Bowling mentioned the 45th president's name. Unfortunately for them, they would soon be up for a surprise.
Bowling told the crowd he was just kidding.
"That was Barack Obama," Bowling said.
"The crowd erupted in applause and before they could even finish clapping I said I was kidding and the applause quickly died," Bowling told the publication.
He says his reasoning for making the joke was because he thought it was a good quote but didn't think people in his hometown would appreciate it.
“Most people wouldn’t like it if I used it, so I thought I’d use Donald Trump’s name. It is southeastern Kentucky after all,” Bowling said.
The Washington Post reports the closest a presidential candidate has come to winning an election winning an election in Bowling's place of residence - Bell County, Ky. - was 2004. John Kerry recieved 39 percent of the vote.
Bowling is expected to attend the University of Kentucky next year after earning a 4.216 GPA. He won't be majoring in comedy though. He is expecting to major in biology before applying to medical school after four years in college.