Obama Introduction Snafu at Al Smith Dinner

Oct 16, 2008 9:30pm

ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Andy Fies and Sunlen Miller Report: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., hit a bit of an introduction snafu this evening while attending the Al Smith dinner with presidential rival Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan.

Cardinal Edward Egan, Senator McCain, and Senator Obama were staged for their grand entrance in seating order. However, all did not go as planned.

McCain’s name was called, and the Republican nominee took the stage. Obama’s name was called in the midst of the applause and he appeared to not hear and did not take the stage, producing an awkward moment where the Democratic presidential nominee was chatting unknowingly as people waited for him to take the stage.

The announcer then went on to introduce Cardinal Egan instead.

Obama was then introduced – for a second time – and he finally took the stage to sustained applause.

In his remarks, Al Smith said in order to maintain an air of non-partisanship the "dinner will not include Chicago Pizza or Baked Alaska."

Smith said Obama proved he would sit down with "despots" by "doing an interview with Bill O’Reilly."

He went on to joke that debates have so taken over the candidates’ lives that when Michelle (Barack Obama’s wife) made a suggestion at the breakfast table this morning Obama asked for "90 seconds" to answer and rebut.

Smith said he wished the VP candidates could be here but Sarah Palin was at a "State Trooper ball" and Joe Biden "couldn’t find white tie and tails at Home Depot."

The candidates are now dining with remarks to come.

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