Presidential Humor Pt. 1 – Romney’s Funny Side Revealed

By Mark Micheli

October 19, 2012

Good leadership requires a flair for public speaking, sharp wit and a knack for self-deprecating humor. By that standard, both candidates were in fine form Thursday evening. Like a breath of fresh air, the presidential candidates took a moment to raise money for charity and inject some levity into the tension filled presidential race--trading good-natured jokes and poking fun at each other just two days after a contentious town hall debate.

In a joint appearance at the 67th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, held at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria, the candidates raised $5 million and took turns throwing barbs all the while smiling good-naturedly. The choice of jokes, however, indicated that the tensions of the trail were not entirely on hold. 

Mitt Romney spoke first, followed by President Barack Obama. The following are the highlights of Romney’s routine:

President Obama’s jokes can be found here.

Both man concluded the evening with a gracious comment about the other:

Watch the remarks:

See President Obama's best jokes from the evening.

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By Mark Micheli

October 19, 2012

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