Obama Praises McCain on SNL

By Arnab Datta

Nov 2, 2008 2:14pm

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., had some kind words Sunday for Sen. John McCain’s performance on Saturday Night Live last night.

"We can argue and debate our positions passionately, but all of us have to summon the strength and the grace and the humor to bridge our differences and unite in common effort," Obama told the crowd of 60,000. "I missed it yesterday, but I saw him on Youtube. John McCain was funny yesterday on Saturday Night Live."

Obama continued: "But that’s part of what our politics should be about, being able to laugh at each other, but also laugh at ourselves, be able to understand that all of us –- black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Democrat, Republican, young old, rich, poor, gay, straight, disabled, not disabled –- all of us are in this together. All of us have work to do. All of us have responsibilities."

The crowd cheered.

"We can’t afford the same political games and tactics that always pit us against one another, make us afraid of one another," Obama said. "That’s the oldest trick in the book."

– Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

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