Instead of presidential debates, we should have had more comedy roasts, like the one at the Alfred Smith Memorial Dinner. It’s the first I’d heard of it, but apparently, it’s been a tradition for presidential candidates to attend this New York fundraiser and prepare a stand-up comedy act.
It was refreshing to watch McCain, then Obama, take turns to make fun of themselves, each other, and bring levity to the seriousness of the elections. I was laughing the whole time. Voters would carry on political discourse with more mutual respect, and less fear, if the candidates communicate with self-effacing humor. At the end of each of their talks, they honor each other by praising each other.
So here are the clips. Enjoy.