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Friday, October 17, 2008

Rest stop

You might think Barack Obama would be the better stand-up comic as between him and John McCain, but you'd be wrong. The proof is in the embedded video in the report I've linked (in my latest guest-post at HughHewitt.com) from last night's Al Smith dinner, at which Sen. Obama seemed to be getting his own jokes a half-beat after he'd told them.

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[Copied here for archival purposes on November 5, 2008, from the post linked above at HughHewitt.com.]

(Guest Post by Bill Dyer a/k/a Beldar)

Politics ain't beanbag. It's harsh, and when it's unrelenting, it can make you feel mean and nasty about the other side or maybe the whole world.

So relent for a moment. Read this account of Sen. McCain's and Sen. Obama's appearances last night at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York, "the white-tie charity roast that has long served as a light-hearted rest stop on the road to the White House." Watch the embedded video there.

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, with Cardinal Edward M. Egan, head of the Archdiocese of New York (photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times)

When you've had a good chuckle or two, take a few cleansing breaths. Resolve that in your next political argument โ€” at the water-cooler, or in the comments here โ€” you'll be a bit less trenchant, a bit more respectful, if no less devoted.

โ€” Beldar

Posted by Beldar at 09:42 AM in 2008 Election, Humor, McCain, Obama, Politics (2008) | Permalink

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Comments

(1) Douglas Winship made the following comment | Oct 17, 2008 11:01:54 AM | Permalink

Well, Beldar, that was still two beats before anyone else in the room seemed to get them!

(2) Michael B made the following comment | Oct 17, 2008 9:54:37 PM | Permalink

Obama, at any more appreciative a level, simply could not or would not fully join in the more relaxed atmosphere whereas McCain completely relaxed to a point that, I admit, surprised me somewhat since McCain is not typically the stand-up type, at least not within his more public persona that most of us know him by. Otoh, to his credit Obama was able to fully laugh at McCain's humor, but then again McCain was truly hilarious at times, so it's no surprise that Obama as with everyone else was able to enjoy McCain's relaxed manner and humor. That inability to more completely relax his public/political persona was a disappointment, but it was also telling of this far too-serious quality Obama and his wife and other advisers have of themselves and their "mission".

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