President Barack Obama and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney put their hostilities aside and joked about themselves and each other at an annual benefit hosted by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York.
The Al Smith dinner at at the Waldorf Astoria has become a tradition in presidential politics. During an election year both candidates are expected to come together for an evening of '"friendship, civility, and patriotism."
Some of the best one-liners from the two men:
Obama: "Everyone please take your seats otherwise Clint Eastwood will yell at them."
Dressed in the required white tie and tuxedo, Romney joked: "Nice finally to relax and wear what Ann and I wear around the house."
Regarding his less than stellar first debate performance, Obama noted: `I had a lot more energy in our second debate. I felt a lot more rested after the nice, long nap I had in our first debate.”
Romney: “We’re down to the final months of the president’s term. You have to wonder what he’s thinking — so little time, so much to redistribute.”
Obama: "Mitt is his middle name. I wish I could use my middle name."
Romney: "I was hoping the president would bring Joe Biden along this evening because he'll laugh at anything."
Obama: "Monday's debate is about foreign policy. Spoiler alert: we got bin Laden."
Romney commented on how both he and Obama have people they can rely on after a tough day: "I have my beautiful wife, Ann, he's got Bill Clinton."
Romney joked about his presidential debate preparations — 65 years without alcohol, and find the best “straw man” possible. “Big Bird didn’t even see it coming."