Friday, October 17, 2008

Being Funny

Senators Obama and McCain appeared at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner tonight where they roasted one another. Hands down, Senator McCain was the funnier one. He's got jokes and great timing. He also seemed very pleased with his performance as roaster but less pleased as the roasted. As usual, Senator McCain appeared quite uncomfortable at times whereas Senator Obama flashed his customary mega-watt-gentle-natured smile throughout, even when the lines were piercing.

Senator Obama, the sensitive serious one, was the caring beautiful leader whose presence was one that carries the thoughts of others. Yes, this was a dinner of men and women in tuxedos and gowns, but there was something about the atmosphere that beckoned to Obama where we are indeed, where just outside of the doors of the Waldorf Astoria so many families are without during this very difficult time for many Americans. Even in this comedic setting, Obama beckoned us to remember others.

There is no doubt that the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner will raise money that will help many families while a good time was had by all. But there is also no doubt that the man who once worked on the south side of Chicago after serving as Editor of the Harvard Law Review and graduating from Harvard Law School carries with him the weight of others as most great leaders do.

Funny is good; serving others and reminding us that we are our brother's keeper, especially in extraordinary times, is far better. Senator Obama, though, was quite handsome in that tux and pretty funny too!

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