Two days after their blazing exchanges at the second presidential debate, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were in a more cheerful and jovial mood.Dressed formally in white tie and tails on Thursday evening, the two passed stinging jokes at the annual Al Smith dinner.
Both presidential candidates conventionally attended the dinner and gave cheerful speeches in the evening hosted by the Archdiocese of New York that was attended by many of the nation's most prominent Catholic citizens and clergy.
And unlike the debates, neither Obama nor Romney disappointed the audiences when they poked fun at one another. Where Romney mocked his own wealth while taking aim at the president for running up the federal debt, Obama noted the 'nice long nap' he had taken during the first presidential debate.
The event was a humorous break in a fight that has become progressively more vicious and nasty and is close with less than three weeks left before the November 6 election.
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The tone of the evening was set with opening remarks by Al Smith IV, who could not resist teasing Romney for his "binders full of women" debate remark.
"I want to say a special welcome to all of the accomplished women here tonight. It's good to see you made it out of those binders," Smith said with amusement.
The Al Smith dinner is an annual speaking occasion for presidents or presidential candidates to analyze their comic skills with self-deprecating jokes usually written up by witty speechwriters.
Let’s have a look at some of the best one liner by both the presidential candidates at the Al Smith dinner.
It's nice to finally relax and wear what Ann and I wear around the house.
As some of you may have noticed, I had a lot more energy in our second debate. I felt really well-rested after the nice, long nap I had in the first debate.
My job is to lay out a positive vision for the future of the country, and their job is to make sure no one else finds out
Everyone please take your seats, otherwise Clint Eastwood will yell at them
I was actually hoping the president would bring Joe Biden along this evening, because he'll laugh at anything
Spoiler alert: We got bin Laden.
You have to wonder what he's thinking. 'So little time, so much to redistribute'
Just the other day, Honey Boo Boo endorsed me. So that's a big relief.
Earlier today, I went shopping at some stores in Midtown. I understand Governor Romney went shopping for some stores in Midtown.