Romney knocks ’em dead at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner

If you’ve been hearing good buzz about Romney’s performance at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner, that’s because he did a stellar job.  Here is his star turn:

Obama wasn’t bad either. I just don’t like him, which makes it harder for me to laugh at his jokes:

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  • Beth

    I don’t think you were the only one that didn’t find his ‘routine’ funny–the audience didn’t laugh much either.  It was polite laughter much of the time whereas they seemed to be howling at Mitt.  Maybe due to the highly conservative audience?  I would guess it to be a more conservative audience.
    I didn’t laugh much with Obama either.

  • jj

    Obama picked up polite laughter because – excepting Schumer, Bloomberg, and Cuomo – that’s a polite crowd.  But it isn’t really his crowd.

  • Charles Martel

    Here in San Francisco we’re having the revival of a long-running quarterback controversy. The SF 49ers’ QB, Alex Smith, has always been accused of taking too mechanical approach to the game. Quarterbacks typically run down a “checklist” when they take the snapped ball—“Is A open? No. Is B open? No. Is C open? No. Is D open? Yes. Throw to him!”
    A really good quarterback can go quickly through the checklist without looking like he’s sweating. A not-so-good QB will run through it too quickly, opening himself to making a mistake or betraying uncertainty to the opponent.
    Obama was running through the checklist here, not too astutely. The tells for me were his references to the greatness of America as a nation and to Romney’s character as a loving family man. Nobody who has tracked Obama with half a discerning eye has ever seen his love or high regard for America, or his devotion to family. Axelrod or some other crypto-Marxist savant hovering over him told Obama to mutter these things to create an “awwww” moment where some of us might unwarily think, “Gee, he’s not a total narcissistic a**hole after all!” 

  • Mike Devx

    I’d bet an arm and a log that neither Obama nor Romney wrote their jokes.  And the jokes for both weren’t bad.  But Obama’s delivery didn’t hit with the audience very much, and Romney’s delivery did.  Obama at times laughed more at his jokes out loud than the audience did – in a weird “HaHaHeHa” way that you’ll understand if you view it.  It was odd.
    I thought Romney was surprsingly hard-hitting.
    “Sitting here, viewing all of you people, President Obama must be thinking, ‘So little time… and so much to redistribute.'”
    “And in the spirit of Sesame Street, this joke is brought to you by the letter ‘O’ and the number ‘Sixteen Trillion’.”

    Most telling to me is when someone makes fun of themselves.  It’s instructive to view each video and focus on how each man gently mocks himself.  That ability tells you a lot about someone.

  • Mike Devx

    I went back and viewed the videos again, counting the number of self-effacing jokes – the “gently mocking myself” jokes.  I thought Obama actually had 7 and Romney 5.  But Romney was effective in all five, and Obama in only two of his.  The key?  Obama actually laughed or chuckled or grinned broadly at the other five.  He did fine on the two where he DIDN’T laugh out loud.  The audience, watching attentively and being old hands at these events, surely noticed.

    That perhaps highlights the key problem Obama had, and it struck me more as a problem the second time through – he kept laughing or chuckling at his own jokes.  That really didn’t work well at all.

    Romney brought the whole thing off far better – and with nary a chuckle or laugh of his own.  Also, Romney was relating to the audience.  Obama had at many times a stentorian campaign tone in his voicemeaning he was speaking AT them.

    Guess it just goes to show.