Friday, October 17, 2008

Obama and McCain at their best - The Annual E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

The annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner is political event of sorts,a charity event organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York for the benefit of needy children. It's usually a night where the politicians spend time practicing their stand-up comedy skills often at each others' expense. Barack Obama and John McCain were both in top form last night. They were both very funny and John McCain was almost touching when speaking of his respect and admiration for his opponent (3:45 - "political opponents can have a little trouble seeing the best in each other"). Obama was razor-sharp, spending most of his time making fun of himself ("Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jorel to save the planet Earth ..."). It's long, but worth watching for both men at their most heartfelt and most humorous.

Scott Mendelson

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