A fost sloganul unui comic venit din Rusia. Este acum exclamatia mea admirativa.
Pentru cei care vor sa simta farmecul acestei tari si relaxarea cu care candidatii stiu sa se infrunte, dar sa se si respecte, in postura unor ioameni care dau auditie pentru un rol dintr-o piesa pe care o scriu altii ..
Va invit la una din cele mai exclusive si mai elegante receptii din America:
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McCain Brings Down House At Al Smith Dinner
GOP Presidential Hopeful Delivers Laugh-Out-Loud Speech
NEW YORK (CBS) ― If only John McCain had more nights like Thursday.
The Republican presidential hopeful walked into the 63rd annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan as a clear underdog, not just in the polls, but also in a room filled with an overwhelming number of powerful New York Democrats. By the time he was through with his near-14-minute speech, he probably made a lot more friends and earned more respect than he’d had previously.
McCain has been criticized for being combative and a bit of a bully in debates, but was anything but on Thursday night.
McCain brought down the house, lighting up faces and shedding a room full of tears with a speech that put a fun touch on countless issues that have been leading the news over the last few weeks.
The Arizona senator touched on his age, wealth, the media, voter registration and, of course, his opponent, Sen. Barack Obama.
“This is a very distinguished and influential audience and as good a place as any to make a major announcement,” McCain said. “Events are moving fast in my campaign. And, yes, it is true that this morning I dismissed my entire team of senior advisors. All of their positions will now be held by a man named ‘Joe The Plumber.’
“Already my friends, my opponents have been subjecting Joe to their vicious attack machine. His voracity has been questioned by Barack Obama’s running mate, ‘Joe The 6-Term Senator.’ He claims that this honest, hard working small business man could not possibly have enough income to face a tax increase under the Obama plan. What they don’t know is Joe The Plumber recently signed a very lucrative contract with a wealthy couple to handle all the work on all seven of their houses.”
It didn’t take long for McCain to bring Obama into the mix, and considering what the two have said about each other over the last 20 months, Thursday night seemed like a good time for some comic relief.
“This campaign needed the common touch of the working man. After all, it began so long ago with the heralded arrival of the man known to Oprah Winfrey as ‘The One.’ Being a friend and colleague of Barack I just called him ‘That One,'” McCain said in reference to his bully-like tactics in the second presidential debate. “He doesn’t mind at all. In fact, he even has a pet name for me: ‘George Bush.'”
In attendance Thursday night were such dignitaries as Sen. Hillary Clinton, Gov. David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Mayor Ed Koch. McCain managed to get one of the best laughs of the night at the expense Clinton.
“It’s been that kind of contest and I come here tonight to the Al Smith Dinner knowing I’m the underdog in these final weeks, but if you know where to look there are signs of hope, even in the most unexpected of places, even in the room filled with proud Manhattan Democrats. I can’t shake that feeling that some people here are pulling for me.
“I’m delighted to see you here tonight, Hillary.”
McCain also took playful shots at former President Bill Clinton and had some fun with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, host of “Hardball.”
“I told him, maverick I can do, but messiah is above my pay grade,” McCain said. “It’s going to be a long, long night at MSNBC if I manage to pull this thing off.”
He then launched into a point of contention in the Obama camp – voter registration.
“So, you know I have fun with the media. We all know that the press is really an independent, civic-minded and non-partisan group … like ACORN.
“In case you haven’t been following my opponent’s ‘Get Out The Vote’ campaign, ACORN is helping to register groups that were previously excluded, overlooked and under-served – second-graders, the deceased, Disney characters.”
While many believe McCain and Obama don’t like each other personally, it would be hard to prove as such after listening to McCain’s heartfelt comments on his opponent.
“I don’t want it getting out of this room, but my opponent is an impressive fellow in many ways,” McCain said. “Political opponents can have a little trouble seeing the best in each other. But I’ve had a few glimpses of this man at his best and I admire his great skill, energy and determination. It’s not for nothing, but he’s inspired many folks in his own party and beyond. Senator Obama talks about making history and he’s made quite a bit of it already. There was a time when the mere invitation of an African-American citizen to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage and an insult. Today is a world away from the cruelty and prideful bigotry of that time – and good riddance.
“I can’t wish my opponent luck, but I do wish him well.”
Both McCain and Obama will be back out on the campaign trail on Friday, likely with gloves once again off.