Mitt kills at the Al Smith Dinner

It turns out that Mitt is a funny guy:

Romney Roasts President Obama, Himself At The Al Smith Dinner

On Thursday night, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered a lighthearted address to the guests at the Alfred Smith Dinner in New York City. During his address, Romney roasted both himself and President Barack Obama with some hard-hitting humor and biting criticisms.

Romney opened by joking that he was glad to be able to attend the white tie function wearing “what Ann and I wear around the house.”

But Romney quickly turned from self-deprecating humor to roasting his opponent. He said he wished President Barack Obama would have bought Vice President Joe Biden with him “because he’ll laugh at anything.”

“Of course we’re down to the final months of the president’s term,” Romney said to applause. “You have to wonder what he’s think. So little time, so much to redistribute.”

“Usually when I get invited to gatherings like this, it’s just to be designated driver,” Romney joked, poking fun at his Mormon faith.

Romney said he spends the debates finding straw men to mercilessly attack. “Big Bird didn’t even see it coming,” Romney said. “In the spirit of sesame Street, the president’s remarks tonight are brought to you by the letter O and the number $16 trillion.”

Romney turned to mocking the media for their occasionally favorable coverage of the president.

“I never suggest the press is biased. They have a job to do and I have a job to do,” said Romney. “My job is to lay out a positive vision for the country, and their job is to make sure nobody finds out about it.”

Romney closed by praising his opponent and showing him a measure of genuine praise.

“We don’t carry the burden of disliking one another,” said Romney, praising Obama’s political talents and love for his family. “In our country, you can oppose someone in politics and make a confident case about their policies without any ill-will. And that’s how it is for me. There’re more to life than politics.”

Mitt made me laugh and the Giants are losing 7-1 so you know he was hilarious.

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78 Responses to Mitt kills at the Al Smith Dinner

  1. wmcb says:

    Our next First Lady of the United States:

  2. taw46 says:

    Where was Michelle tonight, I did not see her.

    • DM says:

      Obama was funny, and I think he has a better delivery than Romney. The digs were gentler than Romney’s too.

      • wmcb says:

        I thought his delivery was worse. He kept laughing at his own jokes, kind of as encouragent, when the audience was slow to do so.

        I watch LOTS of standup. That’s a “tell” of a comic bombing.

      • angienc says:

        I think Obama was funny too (I thought the Chris Matthews joke was funnier than the applause he got) but not as funny as Mitt, probably because I like biting humor. Romney *can* do biting humor because it isn’t his personality, so it works — his face was never nasty or arrogant looking, but very mild (kind of like a Johnny Carson); Obama, OTOH, trying to do biting humor wouldn’t work because he actually is arrogant by nature & it comes through in his face when he tries to do that kind of humor.

        Also, his whistling esses messes up the humor for me — like nails on a chalkboard.

        • angienc says:

          BTW — I don’t think Mitt’s was *very* biting. I really do think Carson is a good comparison for his style & delivery (although, obviously he’s *not* Carson).

        • DM says:

          I think Romney’s lines were lots funnier. Best comedians deliver the lines deadpan. I agree with that, and laughing can be a detraction, but not always. In Obama’s case it wasn’t, imho, and his delivery was more at ease.

      • Karma says:

        It would probably be interesting to contrast this performance with his 2008 one-liners. I seem to remember him being a bit more frisky last time.

    • angienc says:

      Pet peeve of mine — that isn’t what “begs the question” means — he should have said “which raises the question” or “the question becomes.”

    • Can’t bring myself to listen. Don’t want to hear any more BS from the Pretendent.

  3. myiq2xu says:

    TDS is off to a lame start.

  4. wmcb says:

    Note: Dennis Miller has spent the last week traveling and campaigning with Mitt. I would bet that he both wrote the jokes and has been coaching him in timing, delivery, etc. Comedy is not easy.

    Which is yet more evidence of the killer CEO instinct in Romney. Preparation, preparation, preparation.

    • angienc says:

      I’m sure someone else wrote the material & Dennis Miller gave tips, but it turns out Mitt *is* funny & has been known for his dry, self-depricating humor. The MSM has hidden it as part of his “Robot” image, but this article was in the Atlantic (!) in March — with links to videos. Well worth the read:

      Politicians are people who’ve made a career of being puffed-up with self-importance. Self-awareness is practically a liability in this business — it punctures the suspension of disbelief necessary to take seriously all the pomp and ceremony and manufactured gravitas. How refreshing, then, was Romney’s quip upon taking the stage with glitter in his hair, thanks to an ambush from a gay activist: “That’s not all that’s in my hair, I’ll tell you that,” he said. “I glue it on every morning, whether I need to or not.”

    • taw46 says:

      I heard Dennis Miller on the O’Reilly show the other night. The first campaign event, Romney came up to shake his hand and thank him. He said “Gosh, Dennis, that was great”. Miller said he was thinking, who says “gosh” anymore? He decided, that is what we need, a “gosh” President. He said he was a good man.

        • taw46 says:

          Thanks, that’s it.

        • myiq2xu says:

          I was skeptical of Mitt Romney at first. I’m skeptical of any rich guy who runs for office. But after watching him closely for the past year I have come to the conclusion that he is really a good, decent man.

          That doesn’t mean I agree with him on everything, I just think he is of good moral character. I wish all of our politicians were like that.

        • angienc says:

          I agree Myiq — and honestly the sad fact that it is *so rare* to have a man of such good moral character in public office makes me more than happy to give him my vote & give him a chance to see what he can do. Talk about a *real* change! 🙂

        • taw46 says:

          I don’t agree with everything either. But I sure don’t agree with the progs. I feel like they have dragged us through the mud for the last 5 years. Just want to feel clean and happy again, lol. Crawl out from underneath the bus, if you will.

        • DM says:

          Carter was a good decent man too, but I think he was inflexible. Business people have to be flexible, and I think that’s the trait that will help with Romney.

          If he’s elected, he’ll inherit a mess. We’ll see. Obama is definitely not president material.

  5. HELENK says:

    I guess I am surprised that people did not realise that Romney had a sense of humor. Do think you can get through raising 5 boys without one?? Can you get through many years of marriage without one?

    He was funny at the dinner and did get some great lines in.

    • DM says:

      I’ve known people with kids and who’ve been married a long time who have no sense of humor because they don’t laugh at themselves. They seem to miss the irony that’s common to those with a sense of humor.

    • angienc says:

      You’re talking about people with *happy* marriages who raise *good* kids — not so common nowadays. 🙂

  6. yttik says:

    Romney’s graciousness towards the President at the end, and his uplifting message made me want to cry. It’s been such a long time since we’ve heard anything positive about ourselves and our country.

    “….In the great causes of compassion that you come together to embrace, I stand proudly with you as an ally and a friend.”

    • myiq2xu says:

      It might have been bs but it was the good kind of bs.

    • DM says:

      Obama’s final message was also positive.

      • yttik says:

        He tried to be positive but his heart is never connected to his words so it comes out flat. Obama talked about tribulations and perseverance and doing your duty. Romney talked about embracing the great causes of compassion, willing hearts, solidarity, love.

    • Erica says:

      I was moved too, and had a similar response to his remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative. The more I see of him, the more I am thinking he is smart, gracious, compassionate, and presidential. I’m starting to look forward to voting for him.

  7. Shanti says:

    My favorite part was tomorrow’s headlines per Romney – “Obama embraced by Catholics “, “Romney dines with rich people “. So succinct!

  8. westcoaster says:

    while I’m off-topic, I just saw this article called: “I love you even if you are a liberal” on yahoo:
    By the title I thought this was about women married to liberals, but instead it’s about how to deal with a Republican husband if you are a Democrat. As the woman tells the story in every case, it is biased. The only exception is one Republican woman who says Romney made the 47% “gaffe” and she was soooo embarrassed…

  9. tommy says:

    Looks like Os plan is to chant ‘bin Laden’ for the entirety of the next debate.

  10. Karma says:


    A photographer took pics of 20 Dutch Marines. Before, during, and after serving in Afghanistan.

    What’s interesting about this project is that you can convince yourself that someone changed dramatically from middle to right, only to compare right to left and talk yourself out of it. It must just be angle or lighting, you say. But even after you’ve concluded that wrinkle isn’t really any bigger, it’s undeniable that there is a difference. No this was not a perfectly controlled scientific experiment, but there is no science to walking into a room, looking into a friend’s face, and immediately knowing that something has happened. It’s not about the obvious clues like a frown or matted hair, but something far more nuanced.

    Her site…

    A few more photos and details.

    • votermom says:

      That’s pretty interesting. I don’t know if it’s the lighting or what – but they all look quite intense and very – alive – in the Afghanistan photos. Maybe that’s the stress & adrenaline?
      Assuming she did the 1st and last photos in her studio though, it looks like she used more light in the post-war photos causing a washed-out look – some of the men are actually squinting.

    • Lulu says:

      This is one of the most hateful people in this country. He is so consumed with vitriol and contempt that he barely (and not always) makes sense. I think he is a fascist.

      I talked to my idiot congressman last night for about two minutes. I made my pitch to bust up the media forcing their propaganda and other assorted garbage onto cable and cable packages and making us pay for crap whether we want it or not. I compared it to Obamacare and his ears went red. Forcing people to buy a product that they do not want or need to get the services that they do. Implying that the FCC knows what is best for us which is a joke. He said work up a memo and gave me a staff member to send it to. I told him people are giving up cable for internet only because it is too expensive and mostly crap we don’t want and they are killing their industry.

    • NewOrleans says:

      Of course, Lawrence O’Donnell never put on a uniform. Using his logic, he is a coward. And a hypocrite, among many other things.

      • Lulu says:

        He is part of the self appointed authoritarian elite that is dominating the media. I want to break their monopoly and cut off their money so they can play to their true audience of about 400,000 who want to pay for it. I would like to see how long he was willing to spout this hatred for free.

      • myiq2xu says:

        He was born in 1951 – that means he turned 18 in 1969 – the middle of the Vietnam war.

        • Mary says:

          Bout my age, although I graduated in 1970. Very, very turbulent years. MLK & Bobby Kennedy assassinations, huge college campus demonstrations, Kent State, ’68 Democratic Convention in Chicago (cops, riots). Nixon election, Watergate, Senate hearings.

          He just never grew out of it.

          I did hear him admit on Morning Joe once that the word “progressive” is for wusses—-that he’s a true socialist. Those words, exactly.

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