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McCain, Obama (and me) at the Al Smith Dinner

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I feel like a shameless fanboy. I just returned from the Al Smith Dinner at New York's Waldorf-Astoria where I forced the evening's luminaries to take pictures with me. I'm waiting on pix of myself with McCain and Obama (not taken with my camera) and will post them when I have them. Video of McCain's and Obama's performances are at the bottom of this post. But first...

These pix are majorly ass-kissy. You've been warned:

Here's the receiving line in the Basilton Room. You can see Obama to the left of Cardinal Egan, and Cindy McCain and Senator McCain to the right.

A closer look. That's New York's Governor Paterson on the left.

Outside the Basilton Room, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins greets former Mayor Ed "How'm I doin'?" Koch. (Giuliani was not invited to the dinner. I suspect this is because he's a pro-choice Catholic. Al Smith was the first Catholic candidate for President and the event is run in part by the Church.)

Here am I sneaking up to Hillary in the Jade Room. My pal Billy Rudin took the next few pix and introduced me to Senator Clinton.

Hillary was so warm that I instantly felt guilty for all the less-than-flattering things I'd ever said about Hillary. Oops.

Huma Abedin is Hillary's impossibly glamorous Pakistani-American aide.

Katie and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

I'm a huge fan of NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg. In June 2007 I wrote about him being America's foremost "post-partisan" politician. He told me tonight he wasn't nuts about the label "post-partisan." I offered up "trans-partisan" which I regretted suggesting as soon as it passed my lips. Oddly enough he said he liked it.


This just in. My photo with Obama. Thanks, master photog Ryan Brenizer. (still waiting on my McCain pic from a different photographer.)


As for the performances, both candidates were funny, class acts. I give the comedic edge to McCain. He's flintier. The material on the Clintons, and the end, where he set the bar impossibly high for Obama, were hilarious. Obama was warmer, though, which may have played better at home -- and his line about his middle name was terrific.

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