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*Video* Mitt Romney's
surprisingly hilarious speech
at the Al Smith dinner

Washington Times, by Charlie Spiering

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Posted By:Photoonist, 10/18/2012 10:22:47 PM

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.

[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.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jalo1951, 10/18/2012 10:31:37 PM     (No. 8944314)

Thanks, Mitt. You had me laughing out loud! I don't know who wrote it but you delivered it perfectly. It was an optimal speech.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 10/18/2012 10:34:06 PM     (No. 8944318)

"The Presidents new campaign slogan - you're better off now than you were four weeks ago."

The best humor has truth and a biting nature at the same time, and 0bama must feel bitten.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: FunOne, 10/18/2012 10:34:13 PM     (No. 8944320)

Great job by Romney. He jabbed Obama with humor, but drew blood, made fun of himself, and finished with a very dignified acknowledgement to the work of the Catholic church and the AES Foundation.

Came off as very likable, funny, and entertaining. In summary, a class act.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: annapolis2010dad, 10/18/2012 10:36:23 PM     (No. 8944330)

WOW! Mitt is funny and can deliver!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 10/18/2012 10:37:29 PM     (No. 8944335)

Really good and biting wit. You have to know that underneath that smile, Barry was seething.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/18/2012 10:39:45 PM     (No. 8944341)

Humor is very damaging to the arrogant and angry Obama.
And, this was very funny.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rivetjoint, 10/18/2012 10:40:13 PM     (No. 8944342)

But everyone knows that Obama was the most interesting man in the room. s/o

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Reply 8 - Posted by: god of irony, 10/18/2012 10:48:25 PM     (No. 8944362)

WOW! Charming, funny and extremely biting. Truth makes for the best humor.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: dolphin, 10/18/2012 10:52:40 PM     (No. 8944371)

LOL Mitt was much funnier than the former President.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Up2Here, 10/18/2012 10:56:19 PM     (No. 8944382)

Brought to you by the letter "O" and the number 16 trillion.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: FormerDem, 10/18/2012 10:56:23 PM     (No. 8944383)

It's hilarious!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 10/18/2012 10:57:13 PM     (No. 8944389)

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.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: a man over thirty, 10/18/2012 10:57:18 PM     (No. 8944390)

Obama's smile looked like it was held together with super-blue and steel pins.
It's a wonder his head didn't explode.
Narcissists cannot abide being laughed at.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: enuf8, 10/18/2012 10:57:40 PM     (No. 8944392)

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.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: DARling, 10/18/2012 10:59:42 PM     (No. 8944396)

That was Reaganesque with a Romneyesque spin. Well done.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: awen, 10/18/2012 11:00:07 PM     (No. 8944398)

Good googely moogely, that was brilliant! I laughed out loud numerous times!

The audience loved him and you could tell they did!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: gesundheit, 10/18/2012 11:00:41 PM     (No. 8944399)

From Obama's favorite book, ''Rules for Radicals" by Saul Alinsky:

''RULE 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.''

Mitt Romney proved that tonight as he demolished Barack Obama.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: oriton, 10/18/2012 11:06:19 PM     (No. 8944408)

Obit didn't look very jovial. He kept sipping from that coffee cup when the jab was pierced deep into his flesh. Wihoo! I'm lovin' this.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 10/18/2012 11:08:16 PM     (No. 8944413)

reminded me of Bob Hope's zingers

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Reply 20 - Posted by: JHSMom02, 10/18/2012 11:10:09 PM     (No. 8944417)

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.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: pigop, 10/18/2012 11:14:51 PM     (No. 8944429)

I watched this with my dad who loves Obama, my dad wasn't laughing. My brother and I were falling off the couch,it was so funny!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: NYbob, 10/18/2012 11:26:50 PM     (No. 8944450)

#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.'

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Agent Orange, 10/18/2012 11:31:46 PM     (No. 8944464)

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.

Cheers from Waikiki.........MSgt (ret)

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Reply 24 - Posted by: LAW428, 10/18/2012 11:39:27 PM     (No. 8944477)

President Romney did indeed seem to be channeling the comedic spirit of former President Ronald Reagan. His was a class act delivery! Kudos to our next President!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: mercedesops, 10/18/2012 11:47:04 PM     (No. 8944499)

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.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: msjena, 10/18/2012 11:55:01 PM     (No. 8944519)

I just watched the speech. That was amazing--so funny, yet so warm and gracious at the end. I can't wait to see more of this side of Romney when he is President of the United States.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: tisHimself, 10/18/2012 11:58:09 PM     (No. 8944527)

His help on that speech did an AMAZING job!

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.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 10/19/2012 12:06:14 AM     (No. 8944539)

Mitt was smiling and joking while he was twisting the knife. I enjoyed every minute.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: tisHimself, 10/19/2012 12:13:44 AM     (No. 8944559)

Just watched on youtube the Obama remarks. Perhaps most noteworthy, not even a slight nod or acknowledgement to his host, the Cardinal. Arrogant and deceitful to the bitter end.

That clip doesn't seem to be linked up to any newspaper reports as of yet.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Newtsche, 10/19/2012 12:26:24 AM     (No. 8944583)

I can't say I've seen Romney better and he's been very good all along.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Strongwill, 10/19/2012 12:28:29 AM     (No. 8944586)

I was suprised to see Mitt talking I thought it was a joke at first then I saw zero sitting there. Mitt was awesome and I did notice not to many people were laughing at our liar in chief ! Snicker

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Reply 32 - Posted by: TXknitter, 10/19/2012 12:35:00 AM     (No. 8944601)

It was a wonderful witty speech. How horrid to have Couric, Chrissy, and Obama on the dais. But then, they did have to watch Romney bring the house down. That is a good thing.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: zbogwan2, 10/19/2012 12:40:22 AM     (No. 8944608)

Mitt said Obama met with Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Benedict said he was having trouble. He asked Obama for advise and Obama said "just blame Pope John Paul II.

Mitt Romney cut Obama up pretty well here. Mitt was and is the real deal, no doubt.

As #18 said Obama used his coffee cup as a crutch/prop every time Mitt zapped him. It's no wonder Obama didn't bite a piece of the cup off as he was getting BBQ'ed by Romney?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: LadyVet, 10/19/2012 12:48:21 AM     (No. 8944615)

Agree w/ #10, that was the best zinger.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: PLPointer67, 10/19/2012 12:53:18 AM     (No. 8944624)

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!!!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 10/19/2012 1:19:32 AM     (No. 8944644)

#18, agree about Obama and the coffee cup.

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).

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 10/19/2012 1:33:29 AM     (No. 8944660)

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.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: redink, 10/19/2012 1:40:29 AM     (No. 8944664)

Watched this on Hannity and Fox would not pan away from Romney.
I would have given anything to see Obama's face while hearing Romney's zingers. Oh my.

Couldn't listen to Obama...just couldn't. Four years is enough.

And where o where was Michelle?

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 10/19/2012 1:47:11 AM     (No. 8944674)

Laughed my Biden off. Mitt had the best lines of the night, and knocked 'em outa the park! Great fun.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 10/19/2012 2:23:53 AM     (No. 8944712)

#39. I was wondering about that, too.

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.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 10/19/2012 2:59:22 AM     (No. 8944729)

I love this. Please make this a Must Read so that more LDotters get to see it and spread the wealth (of this video) around!

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Reply 42 - Posted by: danu, 10/19/2012 3:59:32 AM     (No. 8944768)

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.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: doodah, 10/19/2012 6:50:37 AM     (No. 8944886)

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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Reply 44 - Posted by: jir, 10/19/2012 7:57:13 AM     (No. 8945025)

This was simply delicious. Thank you for posting this. I am beginning to feel as strongly for Mitt Romney as I did for RR and GWB.

Dear God in Heaven - make Mitt our next President please! Open the eyes of everyone to what a fine man he is. And what a great President he will make.

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Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote in her forthcoming book that she was “hurt” and “angry” by 2012 reporting on her fraudulent claim to Native American heritage. “What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side,” Warren wrote in her book “A Fighting Chance.” “I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger, would launch a rocket at me,” Warren wrote, adding, ”I was stunned by the attacks.” This reporter (blogger?) reported extensively

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 10:32:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already

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