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.
Comments: [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.
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.
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.
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.
#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.'
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
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[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
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I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
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