Some not-so-light moments at the Al Smith dinner

By Laurie Bennett

October 19, 2012 at 1:10am

It’s sometimes hard to distinguish the Al Smith dinner from a Dean Martin roast.

Thursday night was one of those times.

Mitt Romney was entertaining, but he forgot to make fun of himself, finding it much more amusing to make fun of the president.

“As President Obama surveys the Waldorf banquet room,” he said, “…you have to wonder what he’s thinking. So little time, so much to redistribute.”

Obama mocked his own performance at the first presidential debate.

“As some of you may have noticed, I had a lot more energy in our second debate,” he said. “I felt really well-rested after the nice long nap I had in the first debate.”

One of the best lines of the evening drew laughs for what went unsaid. Obama pointed out that both he and Romney have unusual middle names. Romney’s is Mitt. “I wish I could use my middle name,” said the president.

Comic turns by presidential candidates are a tradition at the dinner, named for former New York Gov. Al Smith, the first Catholic presidential candidate.

The annual event, which raises money for Catholic charities, is organized by a foundation with an influential board of directors. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who sat between Obama and Romney at the dinner, is president.

Other board members include John Zuccotti, co-chairman of Brookfield Office Properties and former NBC Chairman and CEO Robert C. Wright.

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  • #1.   Julia Hermansen 10.19.2012

    Romney did roast himself. He made fun of his experience , his wealth and his religion.
    He made fun of Obama more but report that facts he did make fun of himself.

  • #2.   Laurie Bennett 10.19.2012

    By our count, Obama made about three times the number of jokes at his own expense as Romney.

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