The Al Smith Dinner: I Have To Give This One To Romney

Having watched the Al Smith dinner last night, I have to cast my vote with Mitt Romney as the better delivery and jokes though President Obama had some good material as well. You decide, but let’s put ideology to side and for once just focused on what matters: the jokes. While we are not selecting the comedian in chief, at least we have a common measure of success in a roast.

Below is President Obama’s remarks.

Of course, neither man wrote these jokes but, judging on the raw material, I am afraid that I have to give it solidly to Romney on this one. What do you think?

91 thoughts on “The Al Smith Dinner: I Have To Give This One To Romney”

  1. ingorance is running up the national debt 5 trillion in 3 1/2 years. ingorance is beliving the embassy attack in Lybia was spontanious you brain surgeons

    1. Elaine and Otteray, This is the second time The House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has done the stupid thing out of sheer arrogance with no regard for our security. Last week, he exposed CIA compound during the Benghazi hearings. His arrogance is darker than the Grecian formula he uses on his head and on his chest hair. The Republicans in fact are true Anti- Americans. They have tried their best in making America become weaker both domestically and internationally. If American is successful, then Obama wins by being a good President, the thought that would make them chew on their cyanide pills before Nov.6th. Their hatred towards President Obama is so ingrained that their actions show they take pride in being unpatriotic.

  2. And in the same vein, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) compromised the identities of several Libyans working with the U.S. government. Issa’s document dump placed their lives in danger when he released reams of State Department communications Friday. The documents were not officially classified secret, but were considered, “highly sensitive,” and certainly were not for public consumption in unredacted form.

    The State Department had an assessment of at least part of the damage:

    “One of the cables released by Issa names a woman human rights activist who was leading a campaign against violence and was detained in Benghazi. She expressed fear for her safety to U.S. officials and criticized the Libyan government. […] Another cable names a Benghazi port manager who is working with the United States on an infrastructure project. […] One cable names a local militia commander dishing dirt on the inner workings of the Libyan Interior Ministry. Another cable names a militia commander who claims to control a senior official of the Libyan armed forces.”

    This is beyond irresponsible. To be hand wringing about security, and then deliberately putting some of our assets in danger of their lives is reprehensible. All to score a cheap political point. I hope we can get these people out before they end up dead. Issa is not the sharpest tool in the shed.

    1. @ Otteray Scribe…….. Shouldn’t the State Department have redacted the names prior to giving it to the House Oversight Committee. They don’t seem to have a problem redacting most other documents. Or, could they have change the documents security classification? If the State Department was worried about these people’s security…oh, wait…

  3. Off Topic:

    CIA documents supported Susan Rice’s description of Benghazi attacks
    By David Ignatius

    The Romney campaign may have misfired with its suggestion that statements by President Obama and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about the Benghazi attack last month weren’t supported by intelligence, according to documents provided by a senior U.S. intelligence official.

    “Talking points” prepared by the CIA on Sept. 15, the same day that Rice taped three television appearances, support her description of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate as a reaction to Arab anger about an anti-Muslim video prepared in the United States. According to the CIA account, “The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. Consulate and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.”

    The CIA document went on: “This assessment may change as additional information is collected and analyzed and as currently available information continues to be evaluated.” This may sound like self-protective boilerplate, but it reflects the analysts’ genuine problem interpreting fragments of intercepted conversation, video surveillance and source reports.

    The senior intelligence official said the analysts’ judgment was based in part on monitoring of some of the Benghazi attackers, which showed they had been watching the Cairo protests live on television and talking about them before they assaulted the consulate.

  4. Bruce. For an ignorant neo-con like you, interacting and disagreeing with people like you who are only allowed to repeat the talking points given by Faux News is having one’s head in the sand. LOL… Good job done, as expected.

  5. My first thought when I saw the shindig, was that if the Cardinal went on a diet, it would make a big dent in the five million they were trying to raise.

    He clearly has never missed a meal in his life.

  6. The norm of The Al Smith Dinner is for the candidates to self deprecate, not to lance cheap shots at each other. Romney did that which is uncalled for. He also disrespected our President during the second debate which he lost. Had a Democrat Candidate done the same what Romney did, all Hell would have broken lose based on the neo-cons Christian values.

    This is a charity dinner to have fun not a political rally with cheap shots which Romney made it to be.

  7. I know I’m late to the party, but I wanted to comment on the two men’s performances. My wife thought Romney’s material directed at the President was funnier, though not well delivered. I thought the only two really funny things he said were his reference to being able to relax in the clothing he and Ann usually wear. Good line, well delivered. The other one was where he said sometimes he gets invited to these functions to be the designated driver. Other than that, I found his barbs both mean spirited and delivered with too straight a face to be taken as just humor. On the other hand, I found Mr Obama more self deprecating and far less nasty in his references to Mr. Romney. I liked his line about giving Chris Matthews a stroke after debate #1.


    When you consider all the similarities of O’romneyCare, one has to reconcile whether Obama is a severe conservative or Romney a Kenyan Muslim commie.

  8. I watched Obama and Romney speak at the Al Smith dinner last night. What a Great system. The RNC and the DNC are goal oriented. They have differences, but the great common goal of both is the pooling of power and authority. I was assured of the legitimacy of this event when I saw Cardinal Dolan sitting between the two.

    “Among the 1,600 guests were representatives from two of New York’s major industries – media and Wall Street money. Spotted in the crowd were ABC television talk show host Katie Couric and Fox News executive Roger Ailes, as well as Steve Schwartzman, chief executive of private equity firm Blackstone Group, and Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan.” Huff po.

    Oh yes, Politics, Religion, Money, and Media got along Gloriously last nite. I was assured by the leaders of these bastions of Democracy that all is well with our Government.

    Of the People, For the People, By the People. …… “The people are doing so well…. I saw them all on TV last nite.” :o).

  9. My favorite was Colbert at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner … afterwards Colbert talked about how nice Bush was to his (Colbert’s) mother. It’s funny the things we remember.

    I bet it’s twice as funny reading these post than it was watching the event. I chuckle every time I read someone shaming posters for failing to agree with our host … or tut tutting them for failing to follow the host’s instructions or reinterpreting the host’s instructions and demanding compliance with that reinterpretation.

    Since I didn’t watch, I have no opinion which probably means I shouldn’t be posting at all … I’m sure someone has a rule about that somewhere.

  10. IMO they both had a few genuine laugh lines. I agree with OS on the favorite joke, I thought the funniest line was O’s/middle name joke. It’s also not a roast, O spread the focus around and R was one note so that got old pretty quickly.

  11. Perhaps an old misused phrase from a Daffy Duck Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies cartoon is appropriate to settle this comedic matter come Nov 7th. “He who laughs last …. laughs last.”

  12. Comedians that I’ve heard comment thought that Obama did the better job, both in content and delivery.

    Romney is, as one commenter noted, mean-spirited, and unable to engage in self-deprecating humor. Those attributes don’t make for good comedy … nor good PR, for that matter.

    PS: Go, Packers! 😉

  13. I’m getting a bit tired of Romney ads popping up on fb and on all utube videos. enough already!

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