And Now For Something Completely Different…

Candidates Square Off for Laughs at Charity Dinner
(and McCain Brings Down the House)

For more than sixty years, the Alfred E. Smith Dinner has been a chance for those on the political scene to let their hair down and have a few laughs. Tonight was no different. Both John McCain and Barack Obama took to the microphone in what was more open-mic-night than oratorical stump speech.

Personally, I have never seen John McCain so sharp and focused. Not to mention hilarious.

So please enjoy a few laughs — this has been a long, long election cycle, you deserve it.

Sen. John McCain — Part One

Sen. John McCain — Part Two

Sen. Barack Obama



  1. John Galt says:

    To me there is nothing funny about Obama.

    I make every attempt possible attempt possible not to see his face much less listen to him.

    Now the debates are done I doubt seriously that I will ever intentionally listen to him talk again. A total waste of my time.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Here’s a good line for you John:
    (In response to Obama’s continued reference that he would take a scalpel to the government and while John would use a hatchet):
    I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have Marcus Welby come at me with a hatchet, then Bart Simpson with a scalpel!
    Pass it on!

  3. Jet says:

    McCain has always had a mischievous streak. His little SNL infomercial where he sings Streisand songs was just hysterical.

  4. julia r says:

    mccain pokes fun at obama
    obama pokes fun at himself.

  5. GUESSWHAT says:


    ACORN COVER UP: Barack Obama’s Political Family Tree Is Red
    October 12, 2008 |
    Why would Barack Obama lie about his association with ACORN? Let’s see….Once upon a time there was a group called the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA), and they formed Students For A Democratic Society (SDS). CPUSA and SDS spawned the Weather Underground and The Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). That group was later renamed The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

    ACORN was conceived and devoted to the purpose of applying the Cloward-Piven strategy of collapsing the American system from within.

    By crisis, we mean a publicly visible disruption in some institutional sphere. Crisis can occur spontaneously (e.g., riots) or as the intended result of tactics of demonstration and protest which either generate institutional disruption or bring unrecognized disruption to public attention.

    No matter where the strategy is implemented, it shares the following features:
    The offensive organizes previously unorganized groups eligible for government benefits but not currently receiving all they can.
    The offensive seeks to identify new beneficiaries and/or create new benefits.
    The overarching aim is always to impose new stresses on target systems, with the ultimate goal of forcing their collapse. [LINK]
    That is all pretty interesting in light of the current ACORN scandals. It leads me to wonder if the pattern of fraud is by design. This is not the first election cycle that ACORN has had this exact same problem. The incentive to commit fraud is built into their compensation model, and they could change it if they wanted to. They choose not to. Are they trying to breed a loss of confidence in our election process? That sounds like an operation out of a CIA or KGB subversion playbook.

    Barack not only worked for this CPUSA-SDS-Weather Underground front group, but directed millions of dollars to the entity while serving on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and the Woods Foundation with American terrorist William Ayres. Barack’s Campaign has paid ACORN nearly $800,000.00!

    Either Barack supported this blatantly socialist/subversive movement for personal/ideological reasons, or he was and continues to be their patsy. Perhaps it is a little from column A and column B.

    F.B. Reader Wahine comments on old school CPUSA member Frank Marshall Davis:

    Wahine on October 13, 2008 12:30 am

    I didn’t follow the links, but I’m assuming those who read this know BO had a substitute father figure and mentor in Frank Marshall Davis. A Communist Party Member.

    He was a close family friend during his 5th grade – highschool years in Hawaii. He was a black poet and I’m sure made quite an impression on the young Barry.

    Davis left Chicago for Hawaii and at some point must have told him about the Weathermen and the radical groups who populate the Chicago area.

    It’s my opinion it was either Ayers in NYC or Frank Davis who directed BO to Chicago after college.

    I did know about this but had not decided the best way to incorporate the info. Your comment gives me the opportunity to share. The source for this information is contained in these two reports:

    Communism in Hawaii and the Obama Connection (PDF)
    Communism in Chicago and the Obama Connection. (PDF)
    And Obama admits to his relationship with Frank Marshall Davis

  6. Anonymous says:

    I think McCain is so cool! I think Obama is a flop. The audience did not appreciate Obama as much as they did McCain.

  7. Anonymous says:

    CASE CLOSED! Senator Obama annouced at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner
    1) some people say he was born in a manger.
    2) He said that he was born on the planet Krypton
    3) he said his father was named Jor-el
    4) he said his father name Barack, in Swahili means, “That One”
    5) he said his middle name was named after a relative who obviously didn’t
    think he would be running for President.
    6) He said his middle name was Steve
    7) he said his greatest trait was “Humility
    8) he said his greatest weakness was that he is Too Awesome
    Obama said this at the Dinner/Roast on 10/17/08

  8. Anonymous says:

    Maverick I can do, Messiah is above my pay grade… Best line EVAH!

  9. Goldie says:

    Sorry about switching gears here:

    The Latest! They may release the recording soon, they have to make sure they haven’t broken the law.

    Recordings and information leading to recent API story on Michelle Obama’s telephone call is now being cleared for release
    Posted by africanpress on October 17, 2008

    API is disturbed by the way many have reacted to the story on Mrs Obama’s call. Many have shown us by the way they have behaved towards API that they only think of their own interests because they have demanded that the audio recordings should be released immediately. We understand that the tapes should be released, but those who have demanded the release of the tapes seem not take into account that API may become a suing target.

    The Recordings:

    API has recordings of the conversation between API and Mrs Obama (Shocking development: Mrs Obama decides enough is enough: “My husband was born in Hawaii and adopted by his step father, does that make him unpatriotic; she asks”, on a direct telephone to API., and we confirm that the audio will be released to the public. In the last 24 hours, API has been consulting legal advisers on the way forward in order to avoid being sued by the Obama camp. API has realised that the contents of the tapes if made public may change the political atmosphere in America for ever, especially in the next few days.

    Due to enormous reactions received, API now understands the impact of the statements made by Mrs Obama. The American people have reacted in a way we in API would never have expected.

    Many have question why Mrs Obama would choose a little known online media group instead of the American media. API was chosen because of a Nairobi contact that did not like the way API was covering Barack Obama using information collected from American media outlets. The Nairobi contact prevailed upon Mrs Obama to talk to API.

    The only thing API may have done wrong is not informing Mrs Obama that the conversation was being recorded. This is why it is taking time to release the recording while consulting a legal team because API wants to be legally safe from any Obama camp law suit.

    The US Media Outlets:

    Since the release of Mrs Obama story, many US media outlets have insisted that API should release the recordings made when Mrs Obama spoke with API. We understand the importance of the recordings in our possession and yet the first thing we are thinking of is not simply to make them public because groups are pressurising API to do so. The release of the information will be done, because we know we have Mrs Obama on tape, but API must do it in a way that does not put API in an embarrassing legal situation.

    Die-hard Obama supporters:

    A number of Americans who are die-hard Obama followers have tried their best to intimidate API using all kinds of threatening methods when they call in and when they email us. They are implying that API is planning to destroy Obama’s chances to become the next US President. API does not have a direct interest in the US Presidential elections and we want Obama supporters to understand that. However, when someone who may become the next first lady makes such comments as in the story we have published, the public have the right to know. Intimidation directed to the publishers of the story is not the answer.

    The delay to make public the recordings is expected to give time to Mrs Obama to come clean and tell the American people that her comments were not meant to harm anyone but that she was reacting to the media pressure on her husband. She should also come out and tell the American people that she will not discriminate those who are not Obama fanatics if she becomes the first lady.

    Die-hard Mcain supporters:

    Those who do not support Obama are actively pushing for the release of the recordings also, and we understand them very well. In many telephone conversations with them we, however, get disturbed when we realise that most of them want the recordings to be released because they want to use it to stop Senator Obama from being elected President. They state clearly that if the story is true and released now, the contents will safe America from a constitutional crisis that may come if things come out after the elections that proves Obama was adopted by a foreigner, thus, disqualifying him from the Presidency.

    Some readers:

    Some have questioned why API has its base in Norway. Online News Media can be based anywhere in the world. With the Internet age, a news network can have people anywhere in the world. API’s news correspondents – 19 of them are real and based in the African Continent. API is a solid Daily Online News Channel and this Obama story will not change that.

    Questioning API on being based in Norway:

    There is nothing wrong having African Press International based in Norway and the channel run by Africans from the African Continent. Even Kenya’s present Prime Minister Raila Odinga lived in Norway for some time before joining the Kenya government.

    API has also been accused because of the timing to release Mrs Obama story. Some even discus small issues as to why API telephone number starts with 00, and spellings in the article. This to us in API sounds ridiculous.

    The important thing to be concerned about is how API obtained the story and how genuine it is. The second thing is to exercise understanding and to respect why there is a delay in releasing the recordings. API is not saying there are no recordings, but it is important to take serious API’s concerns on a possible suit if the tapes are not handled carefully.

    API is not out to convince the American public of anything. We do not want to influence the outcome of the US Presidential elections. API got a true story and published it. The fact that the story has caused a stir was unexpected, but that does not mean API must rush in a manner that will cause problems to itself, just to satisfy those who want the audio tapes so badly.

    When the legal concerns are cleared, which is happening in a short while, API will make public all the recordings available. This will also include comments, not yet published, which will most certainly put the Obama Campaign spokesperson who had dismissed the story off balance.

    Even if our recordings or any other recordings had surfaced after the elections and if the contents were damaging to the elected person that still could have caused any elected president to vacate the White House. We all know that the tapes released in the US in 1974 forced President Richard Nixon out of office. The truth is the truth. The tapes during Nixon time did not lie.

    The same here. The recordings that API will release soon will not lie to the American people. Most probably, it will change the political landscape, something the Americans should start getting prepared to face.

    Published by Chief Editor Korir

    African Press International – API

  10. Judy says:

    Did anyone else catch this?
    I listened once to all three videos. Weren’t they supposed to be roasting one another?
    Seemed that in 13 minutes, McCain said a lot of stuff about Obama, and in 10 minutes, Obama said a lot of stuff about Obama…

  11. Anonymous says:

    Well personally I found it refreshing, nothing like a little comedy to lighten up this high-strung campaign. Most surprising/impressive to me was John McCain; what a difference from his performance in the debates! Had he demonstrated this eloquence and energy from day one I wouldn’t have wasted all these months sitting on the fence.

  12. Anonymous says:


    Still not sign of life from this Democrat judge!! And I expect this mockery of justice to continue with a silent judge who will answer by a dismissal only AFTER the elections are completely finished.

    ACORN’s deeds are so fraudulent that the coming presidential elections are going to be completely disturbed by all these bogus voters who have registered multiple times under false identities.
    I cannot believe that these elections are already set to be completely stolen by fraudulent voters. But that is the ugly reality.
    As the race is extremely close, the huge amount of false voters that ACORN has registered is bound to tip the scale in favor of Hussein Obama, the closet Muslim, the anti-American who attended a church for more than 20 years that had for message: hate against whites, hate against American, hate against Jews, and pro-terrorists (Hamas, friend of Farrakhan, etc.).

    I think that Americans should take to the streets and manifest in huge number to have the elections delayed until the validity of all the registered voters has been fully verified! It is needed for the simple reason that the winner of this election is likely to win by a very small margin!

    A new system should be implemented for registering voters because this system is too easy to circumvent fraudulently.

    So, no reply from this Democrat judge until after the end of the elections. Wait and see. I hope I am completely wrong but the Democrats have proved with ACORN that they will not spare any efforts to win this election fraudulently.

  13. Arkady says:


    I think McCain was absolutely great. Wish he was more like that during debates.

    I have a made series of videos on my youtube page exposing Obama and if you think they are worthy, I would love a linkback on them.

    Here is one on taxes:

  14. sgrant says:

    IMHO, that’s a McCain that can win an election, and he was more effective here than in the debate setting. Maybe he’s rediscovered his game face for the final push. I think that’s a great way to connect with the undecided voters. Call it shallow, but I think it works.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I’m disappointed by the comments on this post. I thought BOTH candidates (yes, including Obama) were hilarious, and it was great to see their human sides after they have been so seriously attacking each other. They seemed to get along ok for a change. They both made fun of each other and of themselves. I definitely thought that McCain was more funny but Obama was all right, too.

    It’s also disappointing that McCain couldn’t be himself during the debates. If the McCain from these videos had been out and about during the debates, this election would be very different.

  16. Goldie says:

    A post from the editor on API.

    Apparently this is going to get a little more interesting ;) The editor of API posted on Oct 12, in the last line of their post, “Next week we will bring an interview with a lady who was Obama’s lover in Scandinavia.

    The editor”

  17. says:

    Actually. both were quite funny. Enjoyed this better than the debates.

  18. vrajavala says:

    what’s sad is that Obama mocked “Joe the plumber” an Joe’s address and phone are put up on huffingtonpost and Joe loses his job!
    ObamaMocks Joe


  19. TypewriterStreaming says:

    I am so disgusted. The Supreme Court sides with voter registratin fraud. How’s that for a democracy little d? After this decision is there any remedy left?

  20. Anonymous says:

    I’m still curious as to why did Michelle say he was born in Hawaii! Does she really believe that or does she know something we don’t know. If Obama turn’s out
    to be Indonesian will that make his kid’s “Naturalized”
    rather than Natural Born?
    I hope so. This way the kid’s can’t run for Office when they are older. lol

  21. Judy says:

    You may be absolutely right! I pray it shows those who are undecided a side of him they missed.

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