Best Lines From Romney, Obama Roast

Candidates tweak each other, themselves, at charity dinner
By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2012 6:37 AM CDT
Updated Oct 19, 2012 7:49 AM CDT
Romney, Obama Yuk It Up
President Obama talks with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, second left, as Mitt Romney and Ann Romney are seated at right.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – The presidential candidates took a break from the campaign to poke fun at themselves and each other last night during the annual Alfred E. Smith charity dinner in Manhattan. Some highlights, from the New York Times and Washington Post:

  • Romney: "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.’”
  • Obama: "Earlier today, I went shopping at some stores in Midtown. I understand Governor Romney went shopping for some stores in Midtown."
On themselves:
  • Obama: "Some of you may have noticed, I had a lot more energy in our second debate. I felt really well rested after the nice long nap I had in the first debate.”
  • Romney, commenting on the fancy dress code: "It’s nice to finally relax and wear what Ann and I wear around the house.”
Odds and ends:
  • Obama asked everyone to “please take their seats. Otherwise Clint Eastwood will yell at them.”
  • Romney tweaked the press, saying he had seen early reports from the dinner. "Headline: ‘Obama Embraced by Catholics, Romney Dines with Rich People.’”
On the VP:
  • Obama: "I've heard some people say, 'Barack, you're not as young as you used to be. Where’s that golden smile? Where’s that pep in your step?' And I say, 'Settle down, Joe, I'm trying to run a Cabinet meeting.'"
  • Romney: "I was actually hoping the president would bring Joe Biden along this evening because he will laugh at anything.”
See The Week for more highlights. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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