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Al Smith Dinner

Watch Hillary Clinton Tease Donald Trump At Charity Dinner

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton gently skewered GOP opponent Donald Trump on Thursday ― and joked about herself ― in a tense joint appearance a...

Colbert Gets Groans Over NYPD Joke At Charity Event

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 10.18.2013 | Comedy

Thursday evening, Stephen Colbert delivered the closing speech at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, one of the most high-profile events ...

Lurking Beneath (But Not Very Far Beneath) the Surface at the Al Smith Dinner

Stanton Peele | Posted 12.23.2012 | Media
Stanton Peele

Some seemed to find the compliments and jokes Barack Obama and Mitt Romney threw at one another at the annual Al Smith Dinner to represent something like a heart-warming laying down of their campaign cudgels. I didn't find it so.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Obama Saves Presidency in Debate II -- Will He Take Mulligan on Economy in III?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgSpitzer & Matalin agree that Obama "won" the second debate on style/theatrics but they split on substance -- polls show Romney had edge on jobs while Obama scored TKO on "acts of terror" counter-punch. Then: the two 'drill down' on Women, Economy & Turnout.

POLL: Who Is Funnier?

Posted 10.19.2012 | Comedy

President Obama and Governor Romney spoke one after the other at the annual Al Smith Dinner on Thursday night in New York City, and in keeping with th...

WATCH: Obama Takes A Jab At Chris Matthews

Posted 12.19.2012 | Media

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both took swipes at the media during their stand-up routines at the Al Smith Dinner in New York on Thursday night. Sev...

Christina Wilkie

Obama's Jobs Joke: 'I Don't Have A Joke Here' | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.19.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama on Thursday gave a spirited and funny speech at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in Manhattan,...

Obama, Romney Trade Zingers At Al Smith Dinner

Reuters | Steve Holland and Andy Sullivan | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Locked in a tense race with time running out, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney took time of...

Romney, Obama And The Cardinal's Big Dinner

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

Nothing is ever simple when it comes to Catholicism and politics. In 1996 and 2004 neither party's candidate was invited to the Al Smith Dinner. This year, conservative Catholics have been inundating the host, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, with demands to disinvite President Obama.

Why Dolan Should Have Snubbed Obama And Why I'm Glad He Didn't He Didn't

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

That precedent exists for excluding pro-choice candidates from this event makes it all the more difficult for Dolan to put the kind of spin he needs on his decision to invite the president to the dinner.

Dolan Criticized For Inviting Obama To Al Smith Dinner

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) By tradition, the storied Al Smith Dinner has provided a few hours of comic relief from the angry volleys of the campaign trail -- a wh...

Barack Obama, Here to Save the World?

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

Is our first African American president something or what? Did you see him respond to the crowd and the crowd respond to him, at his latest town hall ...

A Wry Look-Back at the Presidential Campaign

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lea Lane

Has it been only two months since the presidential campaign ended?

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: From Booker T. Washington to Barack Obama

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

Last week marked the 107th anniversary of a symbolically important event in the history of race relations in this country. On October 16, 1901, Booker...

Laff Riot

Daniel Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Menaker

As the campaigns have grown more vicious, many have become more anxious about the possibility of real violence or at least a complete breakdown in civility. That's why we're so relieved by the candidates' humor.

Marcus Baram

McCain, Obama At Al Smith Dinner: Candidates Spar With Jokes | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

John McCain and Barack Obama touched on some of the most contentious issues in the campaign tonight, from Bill Ayers to racial undertones, in their sc...

Two Candidates Walk into a Bar...

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

Whoever wrote McCain's speech at the Al Smith dinner last night should be praised. Whoever's been ruining his reputation, his campaign, his credibility and his message should be dumped. They're a joke.