After enduring many grueling weeks of campaigning and three tense debates, John McCain and Barack Obama turned up in tuxes for Thursday night’s Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York to cut loose and try out some lighter material on a crowd ready to laugh, and they laughed as well — at themselves and (especially) at each other.

Both McCain and Obama had some good jokesters penning their scripts for the evening, but perhaps the best zinger was Obama’s when he said, “I do love the Waldorf-Astoria … I hear that, from the doorstep, you can see all the way to the Russian Tea Room.”


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