Both these men missed their true calling, lol

@xfahctor (14126)
Lancaster, New Hampshire
October 17, 2008 8:25am CST
Now THIS is how the debates should have been held. I watched the Alfred E Smith dinner last night. Traditionally, during an election year, both candidates are invited to speak and traditionally they roast each other and themselves in lighthearted and humorous fashion. Both men were hilarious, I had tears by the time their roasts were over from laughing so hard. Take a break out of the serious discussions today, take the time to watch these 2 men in their "stand up acts" and have a good laugh, I think we have all been taking this election and ourselves too seriously lately and need it. Each is divided in 2 parts but you should be able to link from one part right to the next http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&resnum=0&q=mccain%20alfred%20e%20smith%20dinner&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wv# enjoy
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
17 Oct 08
I watched it too, and I have to say that McCain was funnier, but I still can't figure out why he mentioned some of the things he did, like the comparison to George Bush. Obama did well also, and I thought the end of his "speech" was heartwarming and sincere, although maybe a little too serious. You could almost feel the discomfort in the room, but kudos to him for using this platform to remind those that can afford 30K a plate dinners that they have the ability to do a greater good.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
17 Oct 08
Well, he mentioned them because they were funny. nothing more. Traditionally at this event, they not only roast their opponent, but also themselves. It's good to see the candidates have good laugh at themselves.
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
17 Oct 08
I have to agree with soccermom McCain really was funnier with his jokes. lol When MSNBC broke in last night I didn't know it was a roast. Then Obama got up and I thought OMG this isn't going to be good. I know a lot of comedians and he doesn't seem the type to be able to deliver a good joke. He did well. We just switched to that cable that you can rewind I actually got to watch it several times last night because I kept rewinding it. I was in tears and my sides hurt by the end. I'm so glad you didn't ask to pick the favorite joke because I would have picked them all.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
17 Oct 08
Oh god I know, I almost peed my pants a few times I was laughing so hard. I don't know that I could pick just one moment from the evening. maybe Obama's Alfred E Newman comment or McCain's new year holiday line. God...too many to just pick one.
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
17 Oct 08
LMAO Did you see McCain when Obama said that about just ask John about Alfred? It was so dang funny.
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@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
17 Oct 08
I'm having trouble playing videos on my computer right now but I saw excerpts from both candidates on the morning shows and you're right, they're hilarious. I've noticed that Bush is usually very funny at these events also. Whoever writes the material for the politicos could probably make a lot of money writing for TV or movies.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
17 Oct 08
I don't know how much the candidates write themselves. I suspect they have a good hand in it with some help from a comedy writer.
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@lvaldean (1612)
• United States
18 Oct 08
I know what my favorite line of the night was .... Bloomberg is rewriting the law so he can serve another term .... Bill asked "huh you can do that". Killed me!
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• United States
17 Oct 08
Its good to see the lighter side of politics again. This event did more to put a human face on the candidates than all three debates and most of the campaigns have managed to do in all these months. In trying time humor is often an aid I would love to see more of it.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
17 Oct 08
Hello X, I saw coverage of the event last night, and I was in hysterics. Both McCain & Obama were funny, warm, endearing, sharp, and generally speaking very, very entertaining. I about fell out of my chair when McCain engaged Hillary and Bill Clinton. And, ya' know, I was really proud to see that everyone seemed to exhibit a sincerely good sense of humor about it all. Well, perhaps Katie Couric was the only exception. She looked genuinely steamed when the conduct of the media was brought into question. Other than that, I found myself asking: Why couldn't these two candidates have displayed this level of respect for each other and our electoral process throughout the election cycle. Had they done so, I think that we'd all be a whole lot less fatigued with the ' 08 election, and I think that as a nation we'd all be a whole lot less divided. Anyway, 'thumbs up' to all who helped put this terrific event together. I'm really pleased that I saw it, and greatly appreciated the opportunity to laugh until my stomach ached.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
17 Oct 08
I think in the future elections, both candidates should go on the road together in this type of forum from time to time to lighten the mood of the country in the middle of heated elections. Would be good medicine for sure.
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@shalk_man (189)
• Morocco
18 Oct 08
thank you for this great video