At last night’s Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City, both presidential candidates delivered pretty funny speeches, taking jabs at each other and themselves.
But while Sen. John McCain’s address probably was funnier, Sen. Barack Obama may have scored more points with the nerd crowd with two comics references.
The first came in his opening when he said, “I was thrilled to get this invitation and I feel right at home here because it’s often been said that I share the politics of Alfred E. Smith and the ears of Alfred E. Neumann.”
The second, and far funnier one, was when he addressed a repeated question from the McCain campaign — “Who is Barack Obama?” — and the mocking, and rather messianic, label “The One.”
“Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger,” he told the crowd at the white-tie charity roast. “I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the Planet Earth.”
Established in 1946 by Francis Cardinal Spellman and named for the former governor of New York, the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation supports the poor, sick and underprivileged in the Archdiocese of New York.