Barack Obama's Al Smith Dinner Speech: Jokes Aplenty

The president roasts Mitt Romney and himself, at annual fundraiser for Catholic charities.
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Transcript for Barack Obama's Al Smith Dinner Speech: Jokes Aplenty
Defense. Otherwise ladies will. -- -- Governor Cuomo. Mayor Bloomberg. Senator Schumer. All of the distinguished guests were here. Less than three weeks. Voters in states like Ohio. Virginia Florida will decide. This incredibly important election. -- big choice to make. You have the side. Which one of us you want holding up traffic for the next four years. Governor. Who knows what it's like to run a major Northeastern State. Who could very well be president someday. And I'm hoping it. This is the third time it -- -- -- and I. Met recently. Song you may have noticed I have a lot more energy and our second debate. -- -- The nice long. -- -- I had in the first debate. It turns -- millions of Americans focused in on the second debate. -- don't focus in on the first debate and I happen to be one of I apologize to Chris Matthews. -- a stroke. Of course -- -- Lot of things I learned from that experience. For example. I learned that there are worst thing -- can have. On your anniversary -- -- getting to -- yet. This is my last political campaign so I'm trying to drink it all in. Unfortunately Mayor Bloomberg will only when we have sixteen ounces. Making the most my time in the city earlier today -- went shopping -- stores in midtown. I understand governor -- went shopping. For some stores in -- And a brought back some. Great memories because some you know I went to school here in New York. At a wonderful experience here. Central Park -- and old Yankee Stadium. House Ruth built although. We did not -- that. For years -- last. At the announcement that. I've met some things change them them. Some people say rock -- used to be. Regret golden smile where's that pep in -- step. -- -- -- The cabinet it. You don't smile when it's -- Tomorrow it's back to campaign. Cities and towns across our great country. I hear the same thing everywhere I go. Honestly we were hoping to see Michelle. Sometimes it feels like this race has dragged on forever. -- -- I've assured me that we've only been. -- running for two hours and fifty something minutes. On everybody's -- Unemployment rate is at its lowest level I took office. I don't have a joke here I just ought to be. That's I'm and folks are making up their minds. That's the other day. -- -- -- -- That's a big role. The fact that. -- tonight it's not. -- about the disagreements governor. -- usual. Name -- actually met is his middle name. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I'm hoping the governor Romney and -- we'll have a chance to answer the question that is on the minds of millions of Americans watching at home. -- -- I'm my news debate -- little bit different because the topic is foreign policy. Spoiler alert. The ports world. A challenge for every candidate. After some -- after -- weren't trip in 2000 -- of the taxes. -- popular with our allies overseas. -- -- I'm impressed with how well. Well governor Romney -- that problem. -- -- -- -- -- and route the moderator does to mix things up. And finally -- that I have been doing -- thinking. And I decided that for -- final debate on the go back to the -- values to prepare for the first debate. And distributed throughout American -- -- level. In all seriousness. I couldn't be more honored to be here this evening -- on. -- to be -- leaders of both private and public sectors and particularly. Extraordinary work. That is done by the Catholic Church. It's written in scripture. It's written in scripture that tribulation. Produces perseverance. And perseverance care. Character out. Countries -- some very tough years ago and while we still a lot of work ahead which comes partly. Mainly because of perseverance. And character of ordinary Americans. It's something about it we -- of people that. A contentious election season. Opposing candidates and share the same stage. People from all parts. Come together to -- -- -- -- -- Optically wanted to. For joining me because. I admire very much as a family man and loving father. In those two titles. That will always matter. More than any political ones. Political perspectives. But I think. Victims are that we -- in the next four years back. The same decency. Same willingness to come together for a higher purpose. Are on display -- May we all in the words -- -- met. Or -- -- assists. Outlets outlets apparently. Made up. And I think.

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