al smith dinner
“Getting through these three debates with Donald has to count as a miracle.”
"Since [Al Smith] first shattered the stained glass ceiling, America has seen a flood of Catholic presidents, from John F
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.
President Obama and Governor Romney spoke one after the other at the annual Al Smith Dinner on Thursday night in New York
"I particularly want to apologize to Chris Matthews," he said. "Four years ago, I gave him a thrill up his leg; this time
NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama on Thursday gave a spirited and funny speech at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation
Obama, who frequently credits himself with ordering the mission that led to the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden
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.
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.
Obama's acceptance of the cardinal's invitation was first reported on July 26 by a National Catholic Reporter blogger, Tom
The occasion was the gala annual Al Smith Dinner in New York, honoring the memory of the first Catholic to run for the presidency
Has it been only two months since the presidential campaign ended?
Last week marked the 107th anniversary of a symbolically important event in the history of race relations in this country
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.
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.
Obama made light of McCain's consistent attempts to tie him to former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers and to spread