Take These Candidates … Please!

This is the best quality video I can find now, but Mitt Romney was surprisingly funny at the Al Smith fundraising dinner tonight:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC-xIKoqRdw

Here’s Obama’s turn, which also had some funny lines. From what I followed on Twitter, Cardinal Dolan was actually the funniest. But I can’t find any video of it.

  1. Indaba

    Quite something to have the two party leaders speak at a dinner. Congratulations, America. Once again you are a role model to the world. This is another example if being exceptional, but what do I know? I just learnt politics in Zimbabwe where Romney would be found mysteriously beheaded.

    anyway, it was ironic to see Katie Couric laughing at Romney and Obama ‘s comedy routines.  The rich elites do sit there relatively untouched by the economic devastation. This is why Katie and Candy and Chris Matthews are losing their gaming of the election, they are out of touch with the voters and their lives. Stress of the economy is doing in Obama and the debates show Romney to be a fine man.

    the Obama line of “I wish I could use my middle name” reeked of pulling the “identity victim group heart strings” card. Everyone in that room would want to show that Hussein or skin colour does not matter and support his bid for the President’s job. Ironically, it does not matter in America. you could be called Che or Lenin and get elected and stay in power if the American value system and business ethic are respected.

  2. outstripp

    I thought Obama looked unhealthy.  I still think he may be suffering from depression and is forcing himself to go through the motions…

  3. Frightened American
    David Williamson

    Mothership_Greg: Do politicians in other countries do stuff like this?  

    Not that I know of, at least not in GB. I think it speaks well of the health of American democracy, as will the results on Nov 6 – was it my imagination, or is Mr Obama already resigned to losing, and longing to retreat to Hawaii? · 8 hours ago

    I would have thought that GB was the birthplace of this kind on thing.  Look at the House of Commons….

  4. Mimi

    Romney had great writers!  Who were they?  Mitt had a really good delivery style, good timing!

  5. Trink
    I. raptus: Isn’t the tradition that they mostly make fun of themselves?  Seemed a little too barbed. · 7 hours ago

    I. raptus . . 

    On any other occasion I would agree.

    But after the ugly, derisive tone Obama maintained during the last debate – the gloves are off.

    Obama fears  - knows – he has released Romney’s inner giant.

  6. James Of England
    Indaba: …The Obama line of “I wish I could use my middle name” reeked of pulling the “identity victim group heart strings” card. Everyone in that room would want to show that Hussein or skin colour does not matter and support his bid for the President’s job. Ironically, it does not matter in America. you could be called Che or Lenin and get elected and stay in power if the American value system and business ethic are respected. · 1 hour ago

    I appreciated the line. I’ve found it useful to talk about “othering” Mitt with lefties for a while, but somehow the use of “Willard” hadn’t occured to me. I’ll have to check in the future how people using the name feel about “Hussein”. I don’t see it being a useful line for people who have an unsophisticated view of race privilege, but for people into feminist academia, I’m guessing it’ll be a real problem.

  7. Cornelius Julius Sebastian
    katievs: I was among those who expressed disappointment in the Cardinal for inviting Obama.  Now I’m happily eating crow.  This was right and good.  Good for both men.  Good for the Church.  Good for the country. · 10 hours ago

    Me too, Katie!

  8. Trace

    You mean, in his mother’s basement.

    Mothership_Greg: Somewhere, a Ron Paul supporter is drawing this on a whiteboard in a basement:

    Republicans == Democrats

    9 hours ago

  9. Flagg Taylor

    I loved the jabs at the media.  But the key to the whole speech was the last two minutes.  The change in tone seemed utterly natural and the substance utterly sincere.  And he seemed to be enjoying himself.

  10. Red Feline

    Thanks for putting this up, Mollie! We Canadians like to be kept informed of happenings in our friendly neighbour.

    Governor Romney is going to make a great President! A sense of humour is the sign of a healthy mind.

    I have no doubt Prime Minister Stephen Harper is looking forward to working with President Romney. Especially on the Keystone Pipeline. We Canadians appreciate it when Romney mentions us in a friendly way in his speeches and debates. We notice!

    Go, North America, Go! The only way is up!

  11. katievs

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!  

    I don’t care how great your joke-writers are, you can not do that without a real sense of humor, and great sensibility.

  12. katievs

    Also, I take this as more evidence of what I see all around me: all the wit and high good humor is on our side.  The left is reduced to sarcasm, vulgarity and caricature.  Not funny at all.

  13. Lance

    I just watched it with my wife, Anne, an independent.  She thought he came across like a movie star president, and she loved his graciousness in acknowledging what a beautiful family the president has.  Me, he just seems like a president.  I really like the guy.  

  14. EJHill

    That voice is the tone he needs. He should buy time like Reagan in did in ’80. With that style of delivery he could seal the deal.

  15. Cornelius Julius Sebastian

    About as close to perfect delivery as you can get. Whoever wrote that speech needs to be promoted.  “Brought to you by the letter O and the number 16 trillion.” That may be the line of the campaign.

  16. Israel P.

    Wow. I don’t know what the standard is for this kind of thing, but he was good. I’m not sure if I want to hear Obama do the same – I’m not in the mood for the inevitable arrogant “look-at-me” tone.

  17. Jason Hall

    Cardinal Dolan’s remarks are included in the video on c-span.org.

  18. Jon Vin

    I have officially fallen in love with Mitt Romney (better late than never).

  19. katievs

    I just watched Obama.  He wasn’t as great as Romney, but he was pretty darn good.  It may be the only moment ever that I’ve found the man likable.  

    Proud of America tonight, and grateful to Cardinal Dolan.

  20. Susan in Seattle

    Very nice.

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