Video: McCain knocks ‘em dead at the Alfred E. Smith dinner

posted at 11:44 pm on October 16, 2008 by Allahpundit

I actually did laugh out loud. Especially at what he claims is Obama’s pet name for him.

Update: Here’s Obama’s speech. “My middle name, it’s not what you think. It’s actually Steve.”


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Obama is funny like BJ Clinton was funny…..remember Clinton’s “classic and hilarious” line about Rush defending Janet Reno after she was dissed by John Conyers,”…he only did it because she was attacked by a black guy.”
They both confuse comedy with “You vill laf and you vill luv it!”

mredly on October 17, 2008 at 2:27 AM

Barry looks like Lurch.
Both the character and John Kerry.

Dubn8tr on October 17, 2008 at 1:43 AM

Barry and crew, they’re kooky and they’re spooky

m064404 on October 17, 2008 at 2:33 AM

Hillary was laughing cuz it was true.

Black Adam on October 17, 2008 at 2:37 AM

If Obama’s nutroots followers could laugh at themselves as much as Obama does, they might actually come to resemble human beings.

Speedwagon82 on October 17, 2008 at 2:39 AM

Obama was losing it the first five minutes. He almost fell out of the chair from laughing so much.

JeffreyLloyd on October 17, 2008 at 2:43 AM

Next to Saddleback the Best I’ve seen him!

Obama didn’t even come close, he had a few decent lines but that was about it.

Irenaeus on October 17, 2008 at 2:49 AM

McCain Rocked The House!

What surprised the Hell out of me though, was Hannity and the Huckster saying Obama would or should refer to ACORN, Ayers, Wright, et. al in his speech. To make light of them.

Don’t they know this punk by now? NO WAY He was gonna do that! NO way.

He paid his (quick reference) “pal’ing around” comment ‘celeb roast’ dues in his opener and… The End.

But he doesn’t have the cojones to say any more Or go any further than that!

He’s got “how will the world’s pundits interpret and disseminate what I say?” racing through his head at all times.

And that’s the kind of President we’re in for if he wins too!

Teddy on October 17, 2008 at 2:51 AM

If Obama’s nutroots followers could laugh at themselves as much as Obama does, they might actually come to resemble human beings.

Speedwagon82 on October 17, 2008 at 2:39 AM

I’m glad you think Obama is a decent guy.

barry norris on October 17, 2008 at 3:03 AM

He’s got “how will the world’s pundits interpret and disseminate what I say?” racing through his head at all times.

And that’s the kind of President we’re in for if he wins too!

Teddy on October 17, 2008 at 2:51 AM

Is that a bad thing? What’s your point?

barry norris on October 17, 2008 at 3:05 AM

Obama laughing at his own “jokes” was a bomb. I was sold on the belief that the Left is humorless and Obama has no sense of humor. His wan attempts at being “funny” were based on two things: putting down America (his thing about the lowlifes and persons of low regard, as to his associations with them, about the Congress, was one of those knives in someone’s heart that’s delivered with a big old smile) or promoting himself. I thought Obama was ugly.

McCain, on the other hand, was wonderful. His speech, his humor, the whole bit, very, very endearing, sincere and sincerely delivered, just overall an A+.

S on October 17, 2008 at 3:10 AM

Another thing: Obama referring to being able to sit with McCain “without pre-conditions,” was exceptionally creepy.

I mean, is Obama really just beside himself in his need to declare the U.S. his enemy? Sounds like it. Even in what should have been a humorous, even affectionate appearance, Obama repeated several messages of antagonism about the U.S. that align him with those who are declared enemies of the U.S. (also, his reference to his tuxedo being courtesy of the U.S. Treasury…).

I was waiting after these remarks by Obama for him to start joking about deaths on 9/11 or something and hear him laugh about it.

S on October 17, 2008 at 3:14 AM

that “Zoroastrian New Year” bit.

Noocyte on October 17, 2008 at 12:26 AM

Very funny line by McCain.

S on October 17, 2008 at 3:23 AM

What was Obama’s Facebook joke about? Was that supposed to be a dig on McCain not being able to surf the internet?

Ronnie on October 17, 2008 at 12:36 AM

I think that was Obama’s failed “humorous” reference (that is, it WAS a political dig about the GOP under pretense of being “funny”) as to the “Obama’s Friends” site on I believe it is Facebook.

Someone not among Obama’s lovefest created an excellent site that lists Obama’s Friends as who they are: the array is not a pretty picture but it’s an accurate report of Obama’s social relationships.

BARACKBOOK - Barack Obama’s Friends

S on October 17, 2008 at 3:32 AM

6:19, after the “Messiah” joke. O went from a real laugh to his “debate smile.”

That was a punch that landed.

Hannibal Smith on October 17, 2008 at 1:03 AM

I noticed that, too.

S on October 17, 2008 at 3:38 AM

Anyone think we’ll see any October surprises in the next couple weeks? I’m hearing photos are about to surface, of McCain forcing poor people to feed baby seal carcasses, filled with oil, to polar bears.

RightWinged on October 17, 2008 at 3:40 AM

Haha, that’s awesome.

Dude, it has been a good night for RightWinged (me)… After McCain finally took it to Barry during the final debate, he came out and knocked ‘em dead with his comedic side… And then the Red Sox came back from being down 7-0 in the 7th inning, facing elimination.. AND WON 8-7!!!! The biggest comeback in a league championship series, ever!!!

RightWinged on October 17, 2008 at 1:07 AM

Are you freakin’ kidding me? I went to bed in the 7th thinking “wait’ll next year” and “100 odd days till pitchers and catchers report” and the Sox go all Mother’s Day on me. Damn!

John McCain hosting the Sox at the White House with the World Series trophy? There’s a tingle going up my leg!

Having said that, I’d gladly watch McCain with the Rays or the Phillies because having Obama in the WH is too close to a suicide squeeze for me.

I watched the two speeches at the Smith dinner with my wife and daughters. We all laughed out loud at McCain – the man was on fire. His wit was dry and skewering, just as it should be with this type of speech. Everyone but the old dude behind McCain was howling, he was too busy eating. When Obama got up I expected a speech that was going to be McCain’s equal but it was AWFUL. I spent the entire time explaining to the bride and kids what the joke was supposed to be about. And you know what they say about humor that you have to explain…

turfmann on October 17, 2008 at 3:43 AM

I like the Olbermann jokes

ToddonCapeCod on October 17, 2008 at 3:59 AM

McCain knocked it out of the park. Barry sucked. +1 McCain writers.

HawaiiLwyr on October 17, 2008 at 4:04 AM

Everyone but the old dude behind McCain was howling, he was too busy eating.

turfmann on October 17, 2008 at 3:43 AM

Lol, I thought I was the only one who noticed the old dude!!! Yeah, that fella was chowing down, wasn’t he? Poor guy.

But yeah, you totally missed an insane Sox comeback. I have a feeling my brother did the same as you (crashing, and thinking “next year”, etc.)

RightWinged on October 17, 2008 at 4:18 AM

I’m glad you think Obama is a decent guy.

Not that its saying much, but Obama is more decent than most of his supporters. When was the last time Kos or the other million liberal twerps who talk big on the internet ever thanked McCain for his military service?

Speedwagon82 on October 17, 2008 at 4:40 AM

That was GREAT!

Montana on October 17, 2008 at 4:47 AM

I hate the Red Sox.

But, I’ve got to admit they have a lot of balls.

m064404 on October 17, 2008 at 5:15 AM

I watched that live on Hannity and Colmes tonite and I was very surprised that the “messiah” sucked as much as he did at this. I watched Letterman later on and was impressed at how McCain defended his Palin pick to Letterman. Letterman even had the nads to ask McCain if they considered taking Palin OFF the ticket.

How far out of touch are these lefties? Geesh, Sarah has been the best thing that has happened to the GOP Ticked since Reagan. Then I read the headline above about Noonan calling Palin a disappointment. What is it with these people? Even the tried and trued “conservatives” are now inside the beltway elitists. I am so tired of those types.

Rush really skewered the Fox “all stars” for being too elitist after the debate last night. With supporters like these on “our side” who needs the MSM to pull down our ticket? Geesh. Scumbags.

karenhasfreedom on October 17, 2008 at 5:29 AM

As nasty as things are in Washington, it sure is a nice change of pace when they have these dinner comedy acts to try to lighten the mood.

Not that I’m a good example, but it’d be nice to have more of that.

/hypocrite

Hawkins1701 on October 17, 2008 at 5:33 AM

Hands down McCain won this “debate”.

{^_^}

herself on October 17, 2008 at 5:36 AM

There is even more good stuff after the McCain video cuts off and you can find it on youtube or via google video.

Mc treated it like a roast which is what is the tradition here and Obama only partially got the concept , had very flat delivery and tried to turn it into a stump speech.

I would be willing to bet that as Mc was doing his part Michelle was already chewing on someone for what she knew that Obama was going to get stuck delivering.

CommentGuy on October 17, 2008 at 5:38 AM

Alfred E. Newman

M.A.D.

{~_^}

Kini on October 17, 2008 at 5:39 AM

HA! awesome!

i just watched him on letterman,too, and he handled himself (and whiny dave) great!

i will go to sleep with a smile on my face tonight.

homesickamerican on October 17, 2008 at 5:45 AM

The SNL has taught you well, John.

Go and use the comedy force you have learned.

Kini on October 17, 2008 at 5:48 AM

Barry’s one good comedy line was the age bit on McCain. (Of course, that’s the sound byte that made the radio.)

Was glad to hear him honor McCain’s service, and Tim Russert, but yeah, too much of a campaign speech.

Hawkins1701 on October 17, 2008 at 5:56 AM

McCain was incredible. That may have been the best speech I have ever ween McCain deliver. Obama was dead air after McCain. I don’t know how many people watched this, but almost everyone that did would have like McCain better and been bored by Obama. A little of the star quality was taken off “The One” in this event, and some of it was transferred to McCain.

Great job Mac!

Hawthorne on October 17, 2008 at 6:33 AM

The One did not like the Messiah inference.

Cindy Munford on October 17, 2008 at 6:58 AM

If Mac would have delivered a comedy routine similar to this in every debate he would be up by 15 points.

Grafted on October 17, 2008 at 7:01 AM

My husband and I were laughing hysterically at the stuff McCain was saying, it was funny and true!
Then Obomber got up, and I knew it would be hard for him to laugh at himself, and it was painful to watch.

4shoes on October 17, 2008 at 7:16 AM

6:19, after the “Messiah” joke. O went from a real laugh to his “debate smile.”

That was a punch that landed.

Hannibal Smith on October 17, 2008 at 1:03 AM
I noticed that, too.

S on October 17, 2008 at 3:38 AM

I caught that too!!

Dubn8tr on October 17, 2008 at 7:25 AM

Man, I forgot all about the Letterman thing.

Terrye on October 17, 2008 at 7:30 AM

Ka-CHING! That was funnier than any of Letterman’s monologues since he got back from heart surgery. Excellent.

Captain Scarlet on October 17, 2008 at 7:44 AM

Obama’s delivery was pretty horrible…

I mean, he had something there with Guiliani, but he just couldn’t deliver the punchline right.

Ugh.

BKennedy on October 17, 2008 at 7:46 AM

Great stuff, well written, and well delivered, to my astonishment. Who is that guy? Put him on the stump, somebody!

Jaibones on October 17, 2008 at 7:50 AM

Now this if funny, too. Katie Couric copies Governor Palin’s hairdo. See, it is all about jealousy from the lib women. That speaks volumes – Sarah Palin, the girl the they want to be, but can’t. So they bash her appearance and then COPY IT!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20081017/capt.93d39a06b1174934ae4ed9c0e770b144.mccain_2008_nyck152.jpg?x=400&y=298&q=85&sig=qfAF9IH_BzxAcodUr9tigQ–

bloggless on October 17, 2008 at 7:55 AM

McCain was good. Good lines and good delivery.

Obama had a few decent ones too. The “I’m too awesome” line was made me laugh, but I think it fell a little flat because the Obama supporters thought the joke may have been racist and decided they had better not laugh, and the McCain people (all 10 of them in the room) thought he was being serious.

forest on October 17, 2008 at 7:55 AM

Did anyone catch the LOOK on Katie Couric and Brian Williams face, when McCain was joking about Matthews, Olbermann and MSNBC?

Somehow, Brian and Katie were doing the fake phony laugh thing, but their smiles quickly FELL!

Katie’s FACE TWITCHED!

LOVED IT!

LOL!

Conservaboomer on October 17, 2008 at 8:07 AM

McCain did a fabulous job. He was in his element and his good humor shined. He can make a joke and take a joke. Obama’s delivery was stiff, awkward and choppy. It appears that Obama lacks even a modicum of social grace and innate good humor.

sinsing on October 17, 2008 at 8:11 AM

Did anyone watch all of it on CSPAN? I did.
After all the speeches, it was fairly interesting.
McCain made his way out, I think he shook hands with Brian Williams, but Katie Couric never looked toward him as her gazed was stuck on Barry. Barry shook her hand and she squealed “That was awesome!”
McCain continued and stopped to talk to Henry Kissinger. As Barry got closer to Kissinger, he turned his back on him and talked to someone else and went by without a word. Kissinger had an “F-U” look on his face after the snub.

The mic at the podium was left on for quite a while and I was hoping to hear someone say something they might not have wanted to be broadcast, but alas, no luck.

Brat on October 17, 2008 at 8:16 AM

OT: Noonan is all bent over C. Buckley getting his walking papers and she directs her venom at our gal Sarah.

Noonan. Has. Lost. It.

pugwriter on October 17, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Obama’s delivery was pretty horrible…

I mean, he had something there with Guiliani, but he just couldn’t deliver the punchline right.

Ugh.

BKennedy on October 17, 2008 at 7:46 AM

Without a tele-prompter Obama couldn’t deliver a pizza.

Rovin on October 17, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Did anyone catch the LOOK on Katie Couric and Brian Williams face, when McCain was joking about Matthews, Olbermann and MSNBC?

Somehow, Brian and Katie were doing the fake phony laugh thing, but their smiles quickly FELL!

Katie’s FACE TWITCHED!

LOVED IT!

LOL!

Conservaboomer on October 17, 2008 at 8:07 AM

I thought Williams handled it ok, but Couric nervously rubbed the back of her neck and smiled–a classic sign of discomfort.

Delicious.

pugwriter on October 17, 2008 at 8:24 AM

I had turned on Fox while doing some random chores, and halfway through McCain’s speech I stopped dead and sat down to watch. I was like “Who is this man, and where the hell has he been?” That was the real McCain. And the part about Olbermann, man, I had tears I was laughing so hard. I’m off to hopefully find a transcript.

Anna on October 17, 2008 at 8:26 AM

Noonan. Has. Lost. It. – pugwriter on October 17, 2008 at 8:20 AM

I said before in another thread a while ago, but it bears repeating because it sums her up succinctly: “Preening Peggy is the type who masturbates to the sound of her own voice.”

ManlyRash on October 17, 2008 at 8:28 AM

Couric nervously rubbed the back of her neck and smiled–a classic sign of discomfort. Delicious. – pugwriter on October 17, 2008 at 8:24 AM

It is delicious. Couric and certain other fellow Orcs are starting to reaize they are losing the battle for Middle Earth.

ManlyRash on October 17, 2008 at 8:29 AM

“Preening Peggy is the type who masturbates to the sound of her own voice.”

ManlyRash on October 17, 2008 at 8:28 AM

There was a time when that would have been an an attractice thought. Now? Not so much.

pugwriter on October 17, 2008 at 8:30 AM

attractive–jeez

pugwriter on October 17, 2008 at 8:31 AM

Wow. I’ve watched McCain for years and I’ve never seen him that funny. I’ve already watched this video three times and sent it to a bunch of people. At least if McCain is elected we know we are in for a few laughs over the next 4 years.

I thought the best line was: “if the markets rebound, Senator Obama will suspend his campaign and immediately go to Washington to try to fix things.” LoL That REALLY hit Obama where he lives. He knows damn well that he would be losing this election today if it were not for the financial crisis.

The Clinton stuff was awesome. I thought Hillary was going to fall out of her chair. She has never had a poker face and you could tell McCain was really scoring with her. And of course, Obama haughtily said almost nothing about her.

The ending was the best part of all though. He completely skewered Obama and set him up to fail in his speech. Which he did. He managed to step on the one or two actual funny lines he had. What a humorless, sad 4 years it is going to be if this guy wins. He really does think his s— does not stink.

Absolute grand slam for McCain.

rockmom on October 17, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Obama didn’t do too bad. I chuckled a couple times. But he was definitely mediocre, nothing special.

McCain was hilarious. And I’m not even crazy about the guy – I’m a Sarah supporter.

ericdondero on October 17, 2008 at 9:26 AM

McCain was hilarious, my stomach hurt from laughing so much, not only from his jokes, but from the reactions by the media that were there. I was in tears!

Obama had a few good lines, but you could tell he was not used to making fun of himself, or anyone else for that matter.

If this were a debate, McCain would have won, hands down.

Torch on October 17, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Obama should have done what Joey Bishop did after Danny Thomas killed at some awards show. Walk out and say, “ditto” and leave.

McCain was on a tear!

JAM on October 17, 2008 at 9:44 AM

I thought MacDaddy was outstanding.

I did think Obama’s comment about Bill Clinton was funny though; about changing the rules of term limits.

We must beat Obama.

mindhacker on October 17, 2008 at 9:53 AM

McCain – the man!!! He should do more speechs like this.

docdave on October 17, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Watching McCain and Obama side by side these last few days I’m concluding McCain really is the superior person, I mean, apart from their politics. I guess that makes him the Uber-Messiah. McCain — sword forged from steel ; Obama — plastic Star Wars light saber you buy at Kmart.

Paul-Cincy on October 17, 2008 at 10:02 AM

This was McCain’s SNL moment, and THEN some!

Ka-ching! Right back at ya!

I wonder if Tiny Fey found McCain funny.

I would guess NOT!

Unlike liberal humor, conservative humor is intollerant, homophobic and racist. Right Tina?

Conservaboomer on October 17, 2008 at 10:08 AM

And don’t forget,,SEXIST.

Right Tina, Dave, Bill and Jay?

Conservaboomer on October 17, 2008 at 10:10 AM

McCain really rocked, especially when he said that “Messiah” was above his pay grade, and mocked the leg-tingling at MSNBC should he win.

Obama’s comment about not being born in a manger, but on Krypton (as if he’s Superman) was REALLY lame, and a subtle indicator of this man’s monstrous ego.

Obama’s middle name is not Steve, and that’s an insult to all of us Steves in America. He can keep his real middle name, which might not prevent him from being President. After all, it was the name of the former President of Iraq.

This is supposed to be FUNNY, but I wonder if McCain won some votes here, without really trying.

Steve Z on October 17, 2008 at 10:12 AM

I saw Obamas smile leave his face a time or two over some of the potential burning issues with him.

From what I am hearing Hillary might very well be needing to replace Obommy if he can’t prove his name belongs on the ballot at all.

johnnyU on October 17, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Not only was McCain funny he skewered Obama.

- The Cat

MirCat on October 17, 2008 at 11:09 AM

McCain: “I can’t shake the feeling that some in this room are pulling for me….Nice to see you here Hillary”

Gold

JetBoy on October 17, 2008 at 11:12 AM

WHO wrote that for McCain? It was hilarious.

SNL needs to hire that writer.

Brat on October 17, 2008 at 11:38 AM

I too saw this live while on an exercise machine at the gym… I double over laughter at times. McCain had the looks and timing of Don Rickles.

What got me… and look at the vid again, there is an old geezer over the left shoulder of McCain. That guy must have had a tape worm. He was non-stop nibbling at something, constantly wiping his face, hands, whatever to the point his napkin was completely covered like a soiled diaper. What’s remarkable he didn’t laugh at any of the jokes or even a clap. The guy was too busy eating or his earing aid batteries were shot. The clincher was, after he calmed down from eating….it may have been during Obama’s turn, he picked up something from the table, it did not look edible (it was rectugular in shape) and stuck it in his mouth as to chop down on it. He must have had denture failure, since he put it down right away. He must have been a hobo that fell off the train and found a tux with white tie and they threw behind the speakers. Watch it one more time… hilarious.

Sergei on October 17, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Sergei on October 17, 2008 at 11:39 AM

I thought the same thing about that geezer. I almost hurled by dinner when he held up that nasty napkin.

Also, I couldn’t help but think how weird it was for Barry to be noshing with a Cardinal. Guess abortion doesn’t come up as a topic of polite conversation at these highbrow dinner parties.

Brat on October 17, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Did anybody else get a kick out of the guy in the back row who was stuffing his face?

Dubn8tr on October 17, 2008 at 11:52 AM

That old guy noshing in the back row has got to be the next skit on SNL. Hilarious and gross at the same time. Somebody needs to get a background on that guy. Maybe he is he your typical, connected manhattan elitist who regardless of millions in the bank, probably skipped all his meals for the day at a chance to chow down on some free food.

Sergei on October 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Sergei on October 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM

I thought he was Dingy Harry Reid. Wasn’t he?

Fortunata on October 17, 2008 at 12:17 PM

I saw Mrs. McCain at the dinner, but didn’t see Mrs. Obama.
Was she there?

Brat on October 17, 2008 at 12:25 PM

If we only had half of this type of McCain for the entire campaign and debates. Too little too late? I think not, we’re on the verge of a miraculous comeback, and I do mean Miraculous!!!

robeef on October 17, 2008 at 12:26 PM

I loved McCain’s performance. The man was absolutely hilarious.

I wanted to drag that old guy behind him off the stage. Apparently that member of the “elite” never learned how ugly it is to chew with his mouth open.

backwoods conservative on October 17, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Very funny. Obama’s wasn’t as good, but leftists are not known for their sense of humor. Too bad he had to end up with a lecture about how crappy the US is and how we’re not taking care of people well enough.

PattyJ on October 17, 2008 at 12:21 AM

I’ve noticed that leftists often can’t resist overextending the propaganda aspect to a joke, often to the point were it’s not funny anymore.

McCain had me chuckling almost at every line. Obama had a few good ones, but, yeah, he did ruin it by laughing at his own jokes. McCain’s absolute deadpan is great, and he has a good faux sincerity (superficially sincere while projecting that he is really joking). Obama was speaking just like he was giving a normal speech.

Count to 10 on October 17, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Senator McCain has a dry wit, and was laugh-out-loud funny. I wonder if his Zoroastrian joke was also a subtle reference to his little putdown of Whoopie on The View when she got all PC and made mention of some Americans being Zoroastrian.

Mulligan on October 17, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Is that a bad thing? What’s your point?

barry norris on October 17, 2008 at 3:05 AM

I’d just prefer that the next leader of the free world Not “lead” by world pundit or by global poll before making a decision about the health and welfare of The United States Of America. ANY decision.

i.e, what say they (first) Ain’t leadership.

That’s all. No big deal.

Ps. No More “Paper Tiger” Presidents Please!

Teddy on October 17, 2008 at 3:22 PM

This was really funny. I laughed out loud too.

Hening on October 17, 2008 at 4:35 PM

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