October 19, 2012 4:10 PM by Wade Blogs
The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner is an annual white tie charity fundraiser for Catholic charities, held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on the third Thursday of October (Smith died on October 4). It is organized by the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation in honor of former New York Governor Al Smith, the first Catholic presidential candidate. The first dinner was in 1945, the year after Al Smith’s death. Candidates have traditionally given humorous speeches poking fun at themselves and their opponents, making the event similar to a roast. It is generally the last event at which the two candidates share a stage before the election. It’s also a time for the most diabolical hater’s this side of the Mississippi to come together to hate hate hate.
Romney and Obama were both there and both NAILED it. Granted they didn’t write their own monologue but delivering it is the hardest half to it. I was laughing at both sides and no, I am not going to share my political views. The whole time I was watching this I was thinking wow am I watching the Player Hater’s ball from The Chappelle show? They were not only aiming jokes at each other, they were projecting hate hate hate on other distinguished guests in the audience. It was all good clean fun during a time of intense campaigning. They both made their closing remarks in support of Al Smith and other Catholic charities without jest or joke.
Best lines of the night
“Actually, Mitt is his middle name…I wish I could use my middle name”- Obama poking fun of himself.
“When I’m invited to these events, it’s usually to be the designated driver”- Romney poking fun of himself.