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Obama, Romney trade jokes at Al Smith dinner
Mitt Romney and President Obama play nice after the first presidential debate on Oct. 3.
Mitt Romney and President Obama play nice after the first presidential debate on Oct. 3.
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aking a break from their hard-hitting campaign for the White House, President Obama and Mitt Romney good-naturedly mocked themselves, each other, and Vice President Joe Biden at the 67th Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an annual charity event for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. Romney poked fun at his wealth, teetotaling, and attack on Big Bird, and joked that as Obama looked around at the well-heeled audience, he was thinking "So little time, so much to redistribute." Obama started out asking the audience to "please take your seats... or else Clint Eastwood will yell at them," then made fun of his debate performance, explaining that he was livelier in Round 2 because of the "nice long nap I had at the first debate." The dinner is named after the first Catholic to run for president, in 1928 on the Democratic ticket; Smith lost to Herbert Hoover by a large margin.

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