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Obama Jokes at Al Smith Dinner - Video

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Video of full speech from Al Smith Dinner, short but funny.

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Kit B (276)
Friday October 19, 2012, 9:52 am

This dinner happens each year and the format is one of humor. Of course the writers for each candidate are required to write a speech that is both funny, but also has a little political punch. Obama was both funny, and little self deprecating, he pulled it off very well.

Romney's speech was first, and he did well.

More than the campaign speeches and the debates, I look forward to this each four years.

Nancy L (141)
Friday October 19, 2012, 9:57 am
Loved it. Romney was awesome

Kit B (276)
Friday October 19, 2012, 10:05 am

Romney did okay, he's not naturally funny. His writers did a decent job of giving him good material.

Obama is far more at easy with joking, even at himself.

Dee C (229)
Friday October 19, 2012, 10:17 am
I agree that Obama was far more at ease and naturally funny..Romney may have had decent writers..but he didn't do near as well as Obama..

It was good though..I always enjoy watching it..

Jean M (143)
Friday October 19, 2012, 10:32 am
This was so funny and the President looked very relaxed. I did think Romney pulled it off too and although he seemed very intense.

Kamila A (141)
Friday October 19, 2012, 10:39 am
Obama is just so cool. I love him.

Barbara K (60)
Friday October 19, 2012, 11:12 am
I watched the speech last night and really enjoyed it and laughed out loud. He is really a cool President.

Angelika R (143)
Friday October 19, 2012, 11:14 am
Watching Obama now, it's priceless, -guess Rmoney is yet to come? -Thx Kit, never heard of this event before, great thing to do.

Angelika R (143)
Friday October 19, 2012, 11:34 am
Oh my, will Rmoney still come on? I am watching the complete show and it won't end...but this way at least I got the detailed explanation from Rachel about this event. The video player on your post, Kit, has no toolbar so I would have to close the page in order to shut it off. Talk about a "short video" LOL..

Angelika R (143)
Friday October 19, 2012, 11:38 am
I give up..after submitting the previous comment this video starts on its own all over from the beginning, I've heard Obama's speach twice already. Where /how can I get to hear the Rmoney contribution now?

Gene J (290)
Friday October 19, 2012, 11:54 am
Watched this live on Rachel Maddow's show. And in the critique later, she and her guest, the guy whose name escapes but is featured in a story on the site. One thing they pointed out was that Romney made 8 specific and over the top jokes at Obama's expense, Obama only 3. Later on the Lawrence O'Donnell show, they talked about how twitter exploded with Romney "over the top" and being offensive comments. I agree with them and Rachel. The president was marvelous. Mitt looked like he was passing a kidney stone, mostly

Kit B (276)
Friday October 19, 2012, 12:24 pm

I think Gene you mean Kamau Bell, he the host and comedian from the FX show "Totally Biased".


Cam V (417)
Friday October 19, 2012, 12:33 pm
Cool is neither a plan nor a strategy ...... Both did well. Romney did better. : )

Nancy L (141)
Friday October 19, 2012, 1:17 pm
Anyone who has met Romney knows he is a very nice man with a great sense of humor.

I agree Cam, they were both goodand Romney was better

Tamara H (185)
Friday October 19, 2012, 4:00 pm
I thoroughly enjoyed it and I thought Obama was fantastic. Romney....... hmmm

JL A (281)
Friday October 19, 2012, 6:30 pm
Thanks--such moments of lesser intensity are welcome during the campaigns.

Susanne R (234)
Friday October 19, 2012, 10:24 pm
I watched this in real time and enjoyed it. Thanks for posting it, Kit.

Lois J (63)
Monday October 22, 2012, 6:01 pm
I saw it on Rachel's show, too and agree with Gene. I didn't laugh at Willard once and wondered what was so funny. But, Obama had me smiling and laughing from the beginning. I thought it was because I'm biased. But, I watched it again, and still didn't find Willard funny. I did realize it was partly because of the way Obama smiled and seemed a bit self-deprecating after he told a joke. Willard had that usual broad smile.
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