Obama, McCain joke at the Alfred E. Smith dinner

It’s a tradition for the presidential candidates to do a bit of self-deprecating at the Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York City during the campaign season. Tonight Senator McCain and Senator Obama both spoke and it was very funny.

First part of McCain’s time

More of McCain and Obama’s entire time via MSNBC:

I’ll get the entire video up if I find it. Fun stuff to watch from two guys who seem to really dislike each other on the campaign trail.

  • PeoplePower

    Wow! McCain slayed! There were only a few kinda nasty digs, but almost everything was gut-splitting funny…

    Kudos to McCain.

    Obama had a few zingers, but just wasn’t quite there for the gut-splitting humor.

    Fortunately, they both put the politics aside (mostly) and support a good foundation. Certainly there was some good-natured ribbing, especially of the caricatures of each candidate.

    This is a good representation of politics in this country – fight hard (and sometimes nastily) out in the spotlight, but come together and cordially poke fun at each other & themselves…

  • Bianca Robinson

    Thanks for posting! Appreciate it.

  • I’d love to know who wrote that McCain speech. Really brilliant.

  • I didn’t watch any of the McCain-Obama debates, much less Rick Warren’s “faith forum” farce. McCain and Obama need to incessantly be called traitors; the American people don’t seem to get it. Both of them have repeatedly shown that they don’t care about the law of the land. And it’s a total sham to call John McCain a man of outstanding patriotism and character. People have to be blind not to see who he really is. Just look at La Raza and you’ve seen enough.

    In fact, I don’t really trust any of the “conservative” media anymore, after the way in which it has supported McCain. Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity, etc.–I don’t trust ’em anymore.

  • I watched the Alfred E.Smith dinner and it was a real nice relief to see both candidates having fun instead of slinging mud.

  • Dreadsen

    Man this was really funny! McCain had me laughing so hard i had to stop in the middle of it! I don’t care what party affiliation you have. You should have came out liking both of them more than you did before!

  • Babs

    I thoroughly enjoyed this, and didn’t even know it was being televised until I just accidently flipped the channel to it during McCain’s introduction.

    I agree Obama didn’t look quite as comfortable with the setting as McCain did, but he did well.

    I’m sure we’ll hear some whining out of Chris Mathews and Keith Olberman this morning. You know, sometimes what is said in humor is really the truth, and I think while it was totally hilarious, McCain meant what he said about Olberman. 😉

  • Deb

    I thought the dinner was great. It was good to see that both of them could poke fun at each other and at themselves.
    Christopher, you should stop watching Fox news. All the other networks are in Obama’s back pocket so it seems only fair that McCain should get the support of ONE network.
    As for LaRaza, I remember Obama meeting with them. Not to mention his associations with Ayers, ACORN, Rev Wright, etc.

  • Nonya

    lmao OMG, that was too funny lol. Well I agree, it’s good to see we can come together for greater goods. I guess all is not lost after all lol. That was too funny lol.

  • Deb, I don’t watch FOX News. I particularly dislike Bill O’Reilly and Brit Hume.

  • Deb

    Christopher, I feel the same way about most of the other news stations because they treat Obama like the Messiah. They are supposed to be unbaised just like ACORN. But from day one everyone knew who they were for. They will put anything and everything up about McCain and Palin. They sent at least 2 dozen people to Alaska to dig up dirt on Palin but when it comes to Obama and the people he has associated with they don’t say a word. Don’t you think that we deserve the same coverage from ALL the networks. If you expect FOX to give equal time than all the other ones should be expected to do the same. On one of the threads on this site someone said that if Obama had to pass a security clearance to be president he wouldn’t make it. It seems a little scary that this doesn’t bother people.

  • The news stations are so biased . . .

  • PeoplePower

    Deb – do you really think GW Bush or Clinton could pass a security clearance? McCain almost certainly can, but he really was in the military…

    If it was necessary to pass a security clearance to run for President, than I guess we’d have a hard time finding viable candidates – they’re pretty thorough, esp. post-9/11. Could you pass one?

    As for the media tearing into McCain/Palin, I don’t see it. I see stories about Obama that don’t make him out to be a saint. I see gentler stories about McCain and his foibles than what has aired on Obama.

    What about Palin? How many interviews has she done? She keeps asking ‘who is Barack Obama?’ and yet what do we *really* know about her? How many tough questions has she had to face?

    If you want to know Obama, just check out several media fact-checking organizations and Congressional watchdog organizations. There are a lot of places where they vet the candidates…

    As for Rev. Wright, that’s a minor negative mark for him. Wright did say some outlandish things, but he has also said some very true things and has preached many more sermons than the ones that have hit the media constantly.

    Ayers is apparently worse than G. Gordon Liddy because “Liddy did his time.” I don’t think so. Sure, one should forgive Liddy for doing his time, but Ayers *would* have gone to jail were he actually found guilty. As such, shouldn’t Ayers be forgiven too?

    Stop fearing the boogeyman and start watching what *true* horrors are out there – national-/world-level crises of resource shortages, genocide, economic turmoil, etc.

    ACORN? Are you kidding? McCain himself said that there isn’t a rampant voter fraud scandal, but a few problem people registering a small number of voters. And ACORN does a lot more good than this “scandal” even counts as bad.

  • Bill Hedges

    The dinner entertainers was super. The loser for President should become a comic..