When politicians try to be funny, it can go horribly wrong. In most cases it’s because they chose the wrong time and place to drop their jokes. But every four years presidential candidates have an opportunity to show off their comedic wares at the annual Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation dinner.
This year, as reported by TalkingPointsMemo.com, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney decided to get all self-deprecating. Romney touched on his Mormon faith and his much-discussed “attacks” on Big Bird.
“People are curious about how we prepare for the debates. Here is what I do,” Romney joked. “First, refrain from alcohol for 65 years. … Second find the biggest straw man and mercilessly attack him. Big Bird did not see it coming.”
Obama, who according to public opinion badly lost the first debate but won the second, had this to say: “This is the third time Governor Romney and I have met recently,” Obama joked. “As some of you have noticed, I had a lot more energy in our second debate. I felt really well rested after the nice long nap that I had during the first debate.”
The final presidential debate will be held on Monday, October 22. Perhaps instead of live-tweeting or Facebooking the candidate’s attempts at comedy, you could video blog your best Romney or Obama joke and post it here. Rather than letting the candidates laugh at themselves, take a few moments to make us all laugh at their expense. Why should they get to have all the fun? You may never get the chance to be Commander-in-Chief, but the AmericasComedy.com Comedian-in-Chief award is equally prestigious and much less expensive!
About the Author: Darren Staley is the host of Atari-winning podcast Dylan Brody's Neighbor's Couch, based out of North Carolina or Los Angeles. He is known in comedy circles as "Who?" or "Oh, That Guy." Darren's two biggest fears are spiders and Paul Provenza.