Live from the White House: Obama previews his Trump attack plan: "The question that brought Obama the most visible amusement was one about House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) distancing himself from his own party’s nominee...:
...'I think you have to ask Speaker Ryan what the implications of his comments are,' Obama said, his face breaking out in a smirk born of seven years of being told his problems with the Republican Party stem from what he’s done wrong, and the last six months watching the evidence mount in increasingly fireball-in-the-Metro type ways that there’s something wrong with the Republican Party.
The question he tried to dismiss, but couldn’t help reveling in: what about that Trump taco bowl tweet? 'I have no thoughts on Mr. Trump's tweets. As a general rule, I don't pay attention to Mr. Trump's tweets,' Obama said, then piling on for the sake of mocking the political press corps that Trump once again played like Les Paul on a guitar--‘that will be the same for the next six months, so you can just file that.’...
The answer that he had fully prepared, though, was his reaction to Trump locking up the Republican nomination:
There’s going to be plenty of time to talk about his positions on various issues. He has a long record that needs to be examined and I think it’s important for us to take seriously the statements he’s made in the past. I just want to emphasize the degree to which we are in serious times and this is a serious job. This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show.
Candidates who say they’ve got answers to problems have to be pressed on whether that answer is:
actually plausible. If it’s completely implausible and would not work, that needs to be reported on, the American people need to know that...