The year: 1997. The president: Not Donald Trump.
In an effort to incentivize wealthy New Yorkers to be more philanthropic, Donald Trump was given the chance to be "Principal for a Day" at a public school in the Bronx.
According to a New York Times article, Trump was asked to give a speech in front of a group of fifth graders at P.S. 70. "Make the speech inspiring, he was asked, something to encourage a group of children whose universe is one of New York City's most disadvantaged neighborhoods."
Trump started off by asking, "First of all, who likes Nike sneakers?"
Naturally, every hand in the room shot up.
"If everybody puts their name on a piece of paper right now, I will pick 15 people and I'll take you to the new Nike store that I just opened at Trump Tower," Trump promised.
Apparently, for Trump, this was a perfect intro for a speech on the American dream.
"Is there anyone here that doesn't want to live in a big, beautiful mansion?" he asked. "You know what you have to do to live in a big beautiful mansion?"
"Be rich," a voice answered.
"That's right," Trump said. "You have to work hard, get through school. You have to go out and get a great job, make a lot of money and you live the American dream. And you're going to have fun doing it. It's a lot of fun."