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*Video* Mitt Romney's
surprisingly hilarious speech
at the Al Smith dinner

Washington Times, by Charlie Spiering

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Posted By:Photoonist, 10/18/2012 10:22:47 PM

Mitt Romney delivered a great series of jokes at the Al Smith dinner this evening in New York City. Both Romney and President Obama attend the 67th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York. The speeches traditionally feature political humor, as both candidates are invited during an election year.

[embedded video] Romney not only was far funnier and more professional than 0bama but he received far more applause and cheering. It's like the businessmen not only like him better than 0bama but have a clear idea of how this is going to turn out in November.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jalo1951, 10/18/2012 10:31:37 PM     (No. 8944314)

Thanks, Mitt. You had me laughing out loud! I don't know who wrote it but you delivered it perfectly. It was an optimal speech.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 10/18/2012 10:34:06 PM     (No. 8944318)

"The Presidents new campaign slogan - you're better off now than you were four weeks ago."

The best humor has truth and a biting nature at the same time, and 0bama must feel bitten.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: FunOne, 10/18/2012 10:34:13 PM     (No. 8944320)

Great job by Romney. He jabbed Obama with humor, but drew blood, made fun of himself, and finished with a very dignified acknowledgement to the work of the Catholic church and the AES Foundation.

Came off as very likable, funny, and entertaining. In summary, a class act.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: annapolis2010dad, 10/18/2012 10:36:23 PM     (No. 8944330)

WOW! Mitt is funny and can deliver!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 10/18/2012 10:37:29 PM     (No. 8944335)

Really good and biting wit. You have to know that underneath that smile, Barry was seething.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/18/2012 10:39:45 PM     (No. 8944341)

Humor is very damaging to the arrogant and angry Obama.
And, this was very funny.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rivetjoint, 10/18/2012 10:40:13 PM     (No. 8944342)

But everyone knows that Obama was the most interesting man in the room. s/o

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Reply 8 - Posted by: god of irony, 10/18/2012 10:48:25 PM     (No. 8944362)

WOW! Charming, funny and extremely biting. Truth makes for the best humor.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: dolphin, 10/18/2012 10:52:40 PM     (No. 8944371)

LOL Mitt was much funnier than the former President.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Up2Here, 10/18/2012 10:56:19 PM     (No. 8944382)

Brought to you by the letter "O" and the number 16 trillion.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: FormerDem, 10/18/2012 10:56:23 PM     (No. 8944383)

It's hilarious!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 10/18/2012 10:57:13 PM     (No. 8944389)

Romney killed.
His timing was perfect and the speech was hilarious.
He reminds me more and more of Reagan
The audience was clearly with him, including Katie Couric sitting right behind the podium.
Obama was so so and the audience
gave him polite applause , not the huge cheers Romney received.
Romney maintains an air about him that telegraphs confidence and strength.
Obama did not seem happy , despite the phony smile , during Romney's speech.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: a man over thirty, 10/18/2012 10:57:18 PM     (No. 8944390)

Obama's smile looked like it was held together with super-blue and steel pins.
It's a wonder his head didn't explode.
Narcissists cannot abide being laughed at.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: enuf8, 10/18/2012 10:57:40 PM     (No. 8944392)

Great delivery and substance by Romney. I too noticed the difference in the reaction to both. One thing I specifically noticed was the disappointed look on Chrissy Matthews face after his Tingle got through speaking----priceless.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: DARling, 10/18/2012 10:59:42 PM     (No. 8944396)

That was Reaganesque with a Romneyesque spin. Well done.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: awen, 10/18/2012 11:00:07 PM     (No. 8944398)

Good googely moogely, that was brilliant! I laughed out loud numerous times!

The audience loved him and you could tell they did!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: gesundheit, 10/18/2012 11:00:41 PM     (No. 8944399)

From Obama's favorite book, ''Rules for Radicals" by Saul Alinsky:

''RULE 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.''

Mitt Romney proved that tonight as he demolished Barack Obama.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: oriton, 10/18/2012 11:06:19 PM     (No. 8944408)

Obit didn't look very jovial. He kept sipping from that coffee cup when the jab was pierced deep into his flesh. Wihoo! I'm lovin' this.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 10/18/2012 11:08:16 PM     (No. 8944413)

reminded me of Bob Hope's zingers

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Reply 20 - Posted by: JHSMom02, 10/18/2012 11:10:09 PM     (No. 8944417)

I watched it live and Mitt was astoundingly funny, likable, and just plain great. As everyone before has said, Mitt had the audience in the palm of his hand, Obama had the courtesy of the audience, and that was all. It will be re-broadcast on C-Span 1 at 12:35 ET, 11:35 CT for you liberals who can't figure out time zones.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: pigop, 10/18/2012 11:14:51 PM     (No. 8944429)

I watched this with my dad who loves Obama, my dad wasn't laughing. My brother and I were falling off the couch,it was so funny!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: NYbob, 10/18/2012 11:26:50 PM     (No. 8944450)

#21, explain to your dad the difference is Mitt actually likes people. Don't take my word for it, I'm just quoting a former BHO inner circle guy who is mystified why BHO is in politics, since 'he doesn't like anybody.'

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Agent Orange, 10/18/2012 11:31:46 PM     (No. 8944464)

When the campaign started year ago, I was not that enthralled with Mitt Romney. I wasn't in his corner during the primaries. I must say after he clinched the nomination and I started to really listen to the man..... My God he is the real deal and I will crawl through broken glass to do anything I can for this man who will be our 45th President.

The only problem I have spent the last 40 years in liberal land and I still am. 27 years in Minnesota, 18 years in Washington State and now three years in Hawaii. But come March 2013, I will finally live in a conservative state...Arizona.

Cheers from Waikiki.........MSgt (ret)

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Reply 24 - Posted by: LAW428, 10/18/2012 11:39:27 PM     (No. 8944477)

President Romney did indeed seem to be channeling the comedic spirit of former President Ronald Reagan. His was a class act delivery! Kudos to our next President!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: mercedesops, 10/18/2012 11:47:04 PM     (No. 8944499)

Anyone seeing the two of them tonight would realize that only one has the desire to win.
Obama was stale and preoccupied. He reminds me of Jimmy Carter in the last week of Oct 1980 when was resigned to losing.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: msjena, 10/18/2012 11:55:01 PM     (No. 8944519)

I just watched the speech. That was amazing--so funny, yet so warm and gracious at the end. I can't wait to see more of this side of Romney when he is President of the United States.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: tisHimself, 10/18/2012 11:58:09 PM     (No. 8944527)

His help on that speech did an AMAZING job!

They took the opportunity to speak to the audience, Catholics and others in his voice. As to be expected, far more elegant that either of the Bushes.

This may be overshadowed, maybe should be overshadowed, by Obama's foolish remarks on Comedy Central. But this continues Romney's momentum.

As to those who criticized Cardinal Dolan for letting the President be part of this, this was clearly an unpleasant nine minutes in public view for a guy who bristles when criticized. Credit the Cardinal for creating this opportunity.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 10/19/2012 12:06:14 AM     (No. 8944539)

Mitt was smiling and joking while he was twisting the knife. I enjoyed every minute.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: tisHimself, 10/19/2012 12:13:44 AM     (No. 8944559)

Just watched on youtube the Obama remarks. Perhaps most noteworthy, not even a slight nod or acknowledgement to his host, the Cardinal. Arrogant and deceitful to the bitter end.

That clip doesn't seem to be linked up to any newspaper reports as of yet.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Newtsche, 10/19/2012 12:26:24 AM     (No. 8944583)

I can't say I've seen Romney better and he's been very good all along.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Strongwill, 10/19/2012 12:28:29 AM     (No. 8944586)

I was suprised to see Mitt talking I thought it was a joke at first then I saw zero sitting there. Mitt was awesome and I did notice not to many people were laughing at our liar in chief ! Snicker

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Reply 32 - Posted by: TXknitter, 10/19/2012 12:35:00 AM     (No. 8944601)

It was a wonderful witty speech. How horrid to have Couric, Chrissy, and Obama on the dais. But then, they did have to watch Romney bring the house down. That is a good thing.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: zbogwan2, 10/19/2012 12:40:22 AM     (No. 8944608)

Mitt said Obama met with Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Benedict said he was having trouble. He asked Obama for advise and Obama said "just blame Pope John Paul II.

Mitt Romney cut Obama up pretty well here. Mitt was and is the real deal, no doubt.

As #18 said Obama used his coffee cup as a crutch/prop every time Mitt zapped him. It's no wonder Obama didn't bite a piece of the cup off as he was getting BBQ'ed by Romney?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: LadyVet, 10/19/2012 12:48:21 AM     (No. 8944615)

Agree w/ #10, that was the best zinger.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: PLPointer67, 10/19/2012 12:53:18 AM     (No. 8944624)

Since everyone else has said what I thought... let me add this idea: This is a fabulous article/video to send to all your Catholic friends. Since (?) many of them may be Democrats, this shows Mitt to be wonderful/honoring of the Church's way, that may change their minds about voting for him.

They should all know by this time, that BO is desiring to break the Catholic church by the Mandate - and seeing Mitt be so supportive in all things the Church does - may turn their hearts... and their votes.

Let's hope so!
PSS: I was laughing out loud too!!!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 10/19/2012 1:19:32 AM     (No. 8944644)

#18, agree about Obama and the coffee cup.

Mitt hit the target many times, and was truly funny. Yet he got serious and talked about the needy, the children waiting to be born. I wish I had seen Obama's face. Katie looked a little confused, like, should she applaud that?

Notice the still picture below the video. Romney and Cardinal Dolan are smiling, and Obama is looking at them like Michelle looked at Carla Bruni (see Michelle's Mirror website).

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 10/19/2012 1:33:29 AM     (No. 8944660)

I liked Mitt's line that if we didn't behave ourselves during dinner Cardinal Dolan will turn President Obama's wine into water- and my water into wine.

Mitt was clearly having a lot of fun while Obama was going through the motions. Except for the media on the dais it was a pretty tough crowd for Obama and it showed. I also thought it was petulant to bring up the unemployment number and say it wasn't a joke, just good news they should note.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: redink, 10/19/2012 1:40:29 AM     (No. 8944664)

Watched this on Hannity and Fox would not pan away from Romney.
I would have given anything to see Obama's face while hearing Romney's zingers. Oh my.

Couldn't listen to Obama...just couldn't. Four years is enough.

And where o where was Michelle?

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 10/19/2012 1:47:11 AM     (No. 8944674)

Laughed my Biden off. Mitt had the best lines of the night, and knocked 'em outa the park! Great fun.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 10/19/2012 2:23:53 AM     (No. 8944712)

#39. I was wondering about that, too.

I heard that Al Smith IV, the host and great grandson of the legendary governor, said this to Obama during the event. It must be tough facing an opponent who's created more sons than you've created jobs.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 10/19/2012 2:59:22 AM     (No. 8944729)

I love this. Please make this a Must Read so that more LDotters get to see it and spread the wealth (of this video) around!

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Reply 42 - Posted by: danu, 10/19/2012 3:59:32 AM     (No. 8944768)

We howled at the Eastwooding.
Astonishingly, MR had me howling, crying, falling off the furniture, even as I felt the burn of each dart hitting the bulls eye in rapid succession.
It's rare that a comedic speech will be a perfect 10, without a single clunker...even for the pros.
The zingers zinged, w/o any of the cheesy low blows--the unfunny, uncomfortable nastiness towards others--so often deployed by Obie, and Bubba.

So little time; so much to re-distribute; bur, MR got it all done. He flamed media bias, Bubba, Big Bird and the 16T.

It was target practice, whilst lolling about the house in formal attire.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: doodah, 10/19/2012 6:50:37 AM     (No. 8944886)

This was terrific. Shows Mitt for the gentleman he is and he is NO LIGHT WEIGHT! Saw "tingles" Crissy repeatedly looking at Obama and smiling at him. Crissy is a vast wasteland of prejudice! Can't stand him. Again, how sweet it is! We (and Romneys) have been brutalized by the leftist in our media and politics, now it is our turn to be happy and wait for the better days to come under President Mitt Romney!

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Reply 44 - Posted by: jir, 10/19/2012 7:57:13 AM     (No. 8945025)

This was simply delicious. Thank you for posting this. I am beginning to feel as strongly for Mitt Romney as I did for RR and GWB.

Dear God in Heaven - make Mitt our next President please! Open the eyes of everyone to what a fine man he is. And what a great President he will make.

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LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
Toward Cliven Bundy

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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

You´re in denial if
you think Steve Israel is
wrong about GOP racism

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Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/14/2014 6:09:58 AM     Post Reply
Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.

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