Mitt Romney Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner
October 19, 2012 by staff
Mitt Romney Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama attend the 67th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York.
Jerry Seinfeld, they weren’t. But after two serious and often fiery debates, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney traded jokes and gentle jibes Thursday night at the Alfred E. Smith charity dinner in New York, where presidential candidates traditionally take a break from the political trail and use humor to lighten the moment.
How’d they do? Well, their jokes won’t make it to the comedy hall of fame, but they did let fly with some funny lines that provided a refreshing change from the campaign’s harsh tone. And they showed that, blessedly, they don’t always take themselves too seriously.
Romney, who attended with his wife Ann, made fun of his uppercrust image and his reputation for living a life of privilege. The candidate, wearing a white tie and tails as did Obama and the other men who attended the formal dinner, said, “A campaign can require a lot of wardrobe changes—blue jeans in the morning perhaps, suits for a lunch fundraiser, sport coat for dinner—but it’s nice to finally relax and wear what Ann and I wear around the house.”
Romney said, “Of course, we’re down to the final months of the president’s term. As President Obama surveys the Waldorf banquet room with everybody in white tie and finery you have to wonder what he’s thinking: ‘So little time, so much to redistribute.’”
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