Al Smith Dinner: Jokes From Obama and Romney

Dressed in tuxes, the two politicians made jokes about each other's politics.

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President Obama and Mitt Romney with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of
New York (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Dressed handsomely in tuxedos, political rivals President Obama and Mitt Romney delivered comical remarks during a charity event in New York on Thursday.

At the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, which the Mercury News describes as a yearly gathering that has attracted political leaders and more since the end of World War II, each candidate took a guarded break from his respective campaign as we head toward Election Day, which is less than three weeks away.

Romney spoke first at the dinner, which was set to raise $5 million for Catholic charities. Addressing the elegantly dressed crowd, Romney, a millionaire many times over, said "it's nice to finally relax and wear what Ann and I wear around the house." Of Obama, Romney said: "You have to wonder what he's thinking. So little time, so much to redistribute."

Obama followed, noting his soporific performance in the first debate but also chiding Romney for his wealth.

"Earlier today I went shopping at some stores in Midtown," Obama said. "I understand Gov. Romney went shopping for some stores in Midtown."

Obama noted that he was preparing for the final debate with Romney on Monday, which will focus on foreign policy.

"Spoiler alert: We got bin Laden," Obama said, referring to the military mission that killed the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Read more at the Mercury News.

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