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VIDEO: Mitt Romney and President Obama Were Charming and Hilarious At the Al Smith Dinner

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | October 19, 2012 | Comments ()


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Bravo to both presidential candidates for taking a break from the seriousness of this year's campaign to do their stand-up routines at Waldorf Astoria, where they roast themselves and each other in honor of former New York Gov. Al Smith, the first Catholic presidential candidate. Politics aside, both speeches were pretty goddamn great, and they both got just as many jabs in at themselves as they did each other. I think I was most surprised by the fact that Mitt Romney has a sense of humor.

If you have the time, give a listen to both speeches. They're funny, congratulatory, good spirited, and ultimately, humanizing for both candidates. In fact, presidential campaigns should add a fourth debate, in which the candidates are judged based on their stand-up material. I'd probably give the nod here to Romney, but mostly because of the low expectation going on. However, I'm sure Stephanie Cutter is somewhere prattling nonsensically to some reporter insisting that Obama won.

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  • BierceAmbrose

    I think I was most surprised by the fact that Mitt Romney has a sense of humor.

    They're getting better at adjusting his programming on the fly.

  • chanohack

    Maybe it's my bias talking, but I thought Obama was a lot funnier! His material flowed better, unlike Romney's, which seemed like disjointed jokes. And Obama made fun of himself more often. Romney is handsome and charming, but Obama is funny.

  • Maguita NYC

    I agree.

    Although like @Dustin had stated, the bar was set pretty low for Mittbot; The audience's generous applause did give his face more color and life, and made his delivery flow better. Albeit his persistence at showing off how good a Christian he is with his peppered "self-deprecation" on sobriety and faith (cough, Communist Obama's White House private brewery).

  • The jokes from both Obama and Romney were better when they were making fun of themselves or their own team. Problem with that was, Romney was one Obama joke away from holding him down and cutting his hair.

    I'd love to see someone on Funemployment analyze each of the jokes for their subject matter.

  • annie

    Mostly, I love that they can at least unite behind one cause: Making fun of Joe Biden. Romney had a few funny ones in there, but I think his snarly angryface delivery undermined a few of those zingers.

  • Yocean

    I agree Mitt was surprising funny but I think Obama had more self deprecating humor and those are the ones that makes me like POTUS more. But yeah, I got a new found respect for Romny.

  • ERM

    That was refreshing. Although I didn't laugh at all of Mitt's jokes because I'm a democrat and I refuse to be amused at his jabs. Refuse!

    However, Obama used the phrase "begs the question" wrong. Unacceptable.

  • Clancys_Daddy

    Well that and the the jokes were that funny.

  • Maguita NYC

    Romney IS surprising with his sense of humor! Especially in its delivery: It is not as robotic as usual.

    That being said, after what happened in the last few days, beyond binders, Libya, etc. watching this, I can't help but think that he had no choice but to show a bit more of an easy-going nature and charm, especially with the fact that Tagg Romney, his son, had during a radio interview admitted to wanting to punch the President of the United States.

    No matter what, you don't say shit like that. No matter what, can't help but wonder how different the coverage of the story would have been, if the President had a grown-ass black son who publicly admitted to wanting to punch the very white Mitt Romney.

    Sorry, I still feel outrage a full day after the fact.

    http://www.towleroad.com/2012/...

  • Clancys_Daddy

    "I think I was most surprised by the fact that Mitt Romney has a sense of humor." Since the day he was created at Foxconn technology his emotions only surface when his emotion chip is activated.

  • I'd like to see perhaps a fifth debate, where candidates are judged on their actual concrete policies, and perhaps maybe how those policies stack up against the actual beliefs of the people they claim to govern. That would be a novel move, wouldn't it?

  • Ruthie O

    I don't understand. You want us to judge a debate with the sound turned on? If we do that, how will we evaluate the things that really matter: facial expressions and body language?!

  • WHAT? This is America, damn it. ENTERTAIN US.

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