Campaign Comedic Relief

By Samantha HayesWashington, DC

After 3 testy presidential debates, there’s been a lot of talk about what’s next for the candidates, especially John McCain, who is down in the polls. Analysts wonder aloud about his strategy in the final days.

Americans say they are tired of the election. Time for a few laughs.

After canceling on David Letterman last month, John McCain dropped in on the taping of the “The Late Show” Thursday.  He addressed Letterman’s constant chiding for backing out of an appearance on the show on September 24, by saying repeatedly with a smile, “I screwed up.”

McCain also revved up his comedy routine during a charity dinner in New York City. The 63rd annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner was organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York for the benefit of children in need. The dinner raised $4 million and grabbed headlines as the candidates roasted each other.  John McCain joked that his senior advisers had been replaced by “Joe the Plumber” and, in a self-directed dig, said the plumber had been contracted by a wealthy couple to handle “all the work on all seven of their houses.”

The camera cut to Barack Obama, who laughed along with the crowed.

When it was his turn, Obama made fun of himself saying, “Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger, I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father, Jor-El, to save planet Earth.”

I don’t know about anyone else, but it was a bit of relief to see the candidates in a setting like this, laughing and smiling for a change, even at each other’s jokes. It was almost hard to believe they were the same men who on Wednesday night were engaged in tough talk and rolling their eyes at one another during the debate. Ah, politics.

Before the week is over, John McCain’s running mate may get the last laugh. Governor Sarah Palin is reportedly planning to appear on “Saturday Night Live.”  The show has been featuring weekly skits of Palin, played by Tina Fey. If this weekend’s political parody, with Palin herself, is as big a hit, she will steal the spotlight for McCain. For a campaign that’s under much criticism, a few good laughs may go a long way.

Samantha Hayes is a national correspondent for CNN Newsource based in Washington, D.C. She contributes political stories to KSAT-12. You can learn more about her here.

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One Comment on “Campaign Comedic Relief”

  1. sgtphoenix Says:

    Let’s face it, Neither candidate is worth the time of day and are not good for our country. We do not choose who becomes President, we just get to choose from the 2 they allow us to choose from. From the media to the delegates and conventions, local , state and national, corruption and propaganda keeps them from allowing “We The People” to regain OUR country.

    Sadly, my country does not exist anymore!

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