The Alfred E. Smith dinner is a traditional stop for Presidents and presidential candidates on the road to the White House, and last night, it had both. They had their speech writers busy, no doubt, because a good comedic speech is tough to both write and deliver.
I'll try to put in my two cents as fairly as I can.
The President can give a speech....no doubt about it. There were some laugh out loud moments in this comedy bit. No doubt, he is the cool kid in the room and he knows it. So the self-deprecating lines somehow don't connect. Can't get around that arrogance. And some of his lines? Aren't that funny. They seem as tired as he did in the first debate! (Cue drum riff, laugh track.)
Mitt Romney gets an unfair rap as some kind of stiff rich guy who has no sense of humor. Speeches can be written, as both of these were for these gentlemen....but it takes an impeccable sense of delivery to really make a comedic bit come alive. It ain't easy, and frankly, I was not at all prepared for the speech that Mitt Romney gave last night. Line after line was hilarious. Beautifully delivered and fabulously timed.
So, who do YOU think pulled it off? Obama? Or Romney?