We can all use a break from politics right about now, right? Last night both Presidential candidates took a night off the campaign trail to attend the 67th Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City. After a testy townhall debate on Tuesday evening, President Obama and Mitt Romney toned things down at the white-tie affair. The two addressed the audience at the Waldorf Astoria with separate 10-minute speeches, poking fun at Joe Biden, Big Bird, and redistribution plans. Beware: Bad zingers EVERYWHERE. Get ready to roll your eyeballs a lot. That's what happens when two inherently unfunny politicians try to make a "funny" speech.
You know what, though? This is what makes the United States so damn great. Other countries couldn't have two very different leaders of separate political parties in the same room without going for each other's throats. Though it sure doesn't seem like it at times, we manage to keep things pretty civil 19 days before a national Presidential election. God bless America. Highlights in the video player above, both speech in full below.
Mitt Romney's full speech:
President Obama's full speech: