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One night after their final presidential debate, John McCain and Barack Obama shared a podium and a white tie dinner, as each delivered his funniest speech of the long campaign.

The event was the 63rd annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, a traditional stop for presidential candidates in the final weeks of the race and a benefit for Catholic Church charities.

McCain led off with a series of jokes about his reliance in last night's debate on "Joe the Plumber," an Ohio working man who complained to Obama during a recent campaign event that his taxes would go up under the Democrats' economic plan.

"This campaign needed the common touch of the working man," said McCain, who creamed Obama on Thursday's laugh-o-meter after getting skunked at Wednesday's debate

"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, referring to his own, much-criticized remark in the second debate. "He doesn't mind at all. In fact, he even has a pet name for me: 'George Bush.'" The two parts of McCain's 15-minute address are here and here.

Obama also poked fun at himself, mocking his huge ego reputation.

"For the last few weeks John has been out on the campaign trail asking this question: Who is Barack Obama?" Obama said. "I have to admit I was a little surprised by this question. The answer is right there on my Facebook page.

"Who is Barack Obama?" he reprised. "Contrary to the rumors you may 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." Obama's speech is here
and here.

Three Dot Lounge: John Dickerson of Slate churned out the best blow-by-blow analysis of the debate, which is here:McCain mentioned "Joe the Plumber" about 20 times during the debate, but yesterday the real-life story of Joe turned into something of an embarrassment, as reporters found that the man has no plumbers' license, owes back taxes, and would actually benefit from Obama's tax plan; Politico has the best backgrounder on Joe, found here...Giving McCain a pass on his campaign's lack of vetting of Joe, The Corner, National Review Online's go-to column for conservatives, argues that the Republican candidate's embrace of the blue-collar Buckeye powerfully clarifies the fundamental economic contradictions of the campaign, in this piece:McCain's worst moment of the debate came during the lively exchange over abortion, when he used air quotes to mock pro-choice concerns about the health of a woman; among many blogosphere denunciations of him for that, Judy Muller captures the spirit in a post on Huffpost.

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