Presidential Humor Pt. 2 – Obama’s Digs at Himself

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. 

President Barack Obama followed Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The following are the highlights from Obama's routine:

Mitt Romney's jokes can be found here.

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

Watch the remarks:

See Mitt Romney's best jokes from the evening.

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By Mark Micheli

October 19, 2012

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