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Obama and McCain at the Al Smith Dinner Video

Obama and McCain Roast and Make Up at Al Smith Dinner

Last night's Alfred Smith Dinner put on by Catholic Charities was exactly what we all needed to get through the last 18 days of this grueling election. After months/years of pretending to live in an alternate universe where their talking points define reality, Barack Obama and John McCain not only acknowledged the headlines we've all been reading, but did so with a dose of self-deprecating, and opponent-deprecating, humor. While it was swell to see the candidates having fun, I was most excited that I got to laugh at this campaign, rather than sigh in disbelief, frustration, or suspense.

Some of Obama highlights:

  • "Can somebody tell me what happened to the Greek columns I requested? I do love the Waldorf-Astoria. I hear from the doorstep you can see all the way to the Russian Tea Room.”
  • “Barack is actually Swahili for ‘that one.’ And I got my middle name from someone who obviously didn’t think I’d ever run for president."
  • “My greatest strength is my humility. My greatest weakness is that I am a little too awesome.”

Some of McCain's highlights:

  • "It's going to be a long, long night at MSNBC if I manage to pull this thing off. I understand that Keith Olbermann has ordered up his very own Mission Accomplished banner. And they can hang that in whatever padded room has been reserved for him."
  • Bill Clinton "has been hammering away with me with epithets like, "hero."
  • Says that Joe Biden falsely claims that Joe The Plumber isn't rich enough to trigger the Obama tax hike; "What they don't know is that Joe The Plumber recently signed a lucrative contract to handle all the work on all seven of their houses."

There are many, many, more good jokes. To see the video,




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ang1885 ang1885 8 years
John McCain's part about Obama coming so far made me tear up. I hope he can make it all the way but if not it's still a great accomplishment and I'm glad McCain could say those kind words without fear of backlash. I know Obama wishes him well too.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
McCain had excellent comic timing. He was great. Obama was pretty good too, I have to admit. The joke I thought was the funniest got the poorest reaction from the crowd though. I loved the, "I wish Biden hadn't of done that," bit. That was great.
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
i thought they did a great job obama said he wasnt born in a manger :rotfl:
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i like that picture. and they were funny too :)
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
They were both hilarious, I loved their speeches! Obama had some really good jokes. "Contrary to the rumors that you've heard, I was not born in a manger...I was born on the planet Krypton and sent by my father Jor-El to save the planet Earth." LOL I also appreciated when John McCain said "I can't wish my opponent luck...but I do wish him well." That was kind.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
oh no - JOE THE PLUBMER! if only these were comments that were truly in context! i think that it's funny sometimes to take things away from evenings like this. :) never a dull moment on the campaign trail right?
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
they were both very funny last night...
Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 8 years
This has humanized the candidates...which was much-needed!
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
The Huffington Post has both of their speeches listed in their entirety..
cpreynolds cpreynolds 8 years
This is a bad clip of McCain. The video does not match the audio and it doesn't even start at the beginning.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I missed it :(
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I truly think that which ever one ends up in the white house and the other back in the Senate that they will work well together in many bipartisan respects.
mswender mswender 8 years
I thought Obama was awesome! McCain was funny too, but I give Obama the edge.
ohkate ohkate 8 years
I'm glad they were humble enough to make fun of themselves and laugh with everyone else. I loved obama's 'speech'!
liliblu liliblu 8 years
They were funny. I watched last night and really enjoyed it. The Guillani joke by Obama was really good.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Definitely what we needed! I think it's great they could both make fun of themselves and all the wacky campaign stuff.
babyshakes babyshakes 8 years
It was indeed funny but Biden-McCain and Obama = typical politicians which makes me love outsider Washington Palin.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I heard it on the way into work this morning. It was hilarious. McCain's routine was much better though. ;) JK
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
joe biden will now forever be "joe the 6 term senator" in my mind
ladiva1 ladiva1 8 years
i watched and thought it was great! Perfect for lightening the mood
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Very funny!
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 8 years
hehe, i giggled like a school girl the entire time
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
Yeah -- that was good!!
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
Yes, good to see this sort of thing. Made me laugh. And like them both a little more again.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Funny. And yay for Catholic Charities! :)
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