The first attraction to PD for me was the fact that many of the posts were presented with tongue planted firmly in cheek, and as the campaign has heated up and we are down to the wire, most of the posting here has made me want to quote Heath Ledger’s Joker from “The Dark Knight”.

“Why so serious?”

So reading about the 63rd annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, which Obama and McCain appeared at, made me all kinds of warm and fuzzy inside, due to the fact the candidates were roasting themselves quite nicely.

To use a term from “The West Wing”, they brought the funny.

Here are some highlights:

Obama talking about being derisively called a “messiah”:

Said Obama: “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 the planet Earth,” a reference to Superman.

From McCain in regards to “Joe the Plummer”:

“What they don’t know is that Joe the Plumber recently signed a very lucrative contract with a wealthy couple to handle all the work on all seven of their houses,” McCain said

Another McCain regarding Hillary Clinton’s presence at the event:

“Even in this room full of proud Manhattan Democrats, I can’t shake the feeling that some people here are pulling for me,” he said, before adding: “I’m delighted to see you here tonight, Hillary.”

McCain did poke a little fun at himself and his rival at the same time, when he addressed the economy:

he’s (Obama) ready for any contingency, even the possibility of a sudden and dramatic market rebound. I’m told that at the first sign of a recovery, he will suspend his campaign and fly immediately to Washington to address the crisis,”

Finally, I’ll close with Obama ripping his acceptance speech at the Dem Convention:

“I was originally told we’d be able to move this outdoors to Yankee Stadium,” he said of the dinner.

Then, pausing and looking around, he said, “Could somebody tell me what happened to the Greek columns that I requested?”

I propose that instead of three serious debates, we have two and then a stand-up comedy competition. It would be infinitely better than the snooze-fests the last couple of debates were.