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Your eminence cardinal Dolan.
Avalon and spent.
Thank you for.
Your invitation thank you for your extraordinarily well warm welcome and I appreciate your friendship very very much.
How -- you are right a campaign can require a lot of wardrobe changes.
Blue jeans -- -- morning perhaps.
Suits have heard a lunch fund -- sport coat for dinner but it's nice to finally relax and where what -- On the house.
To be able to join.
In this venerable tradition.
And of course I'm.
I'm pleased that the president's here.
We were chatting pleasantly this evening as -- Tuesday night never happened.
I -- that of course to the cardinal he is.
It's taken New York's highest spiritual authority to get us back on our best behavior and I.
I was actually hoping the president would bring Joseph Biden a law.
At this evening.
Because a -- and I think.
Course this isn't -- First serious politics and it was especially nice to see President Obama and -- bill and sharing that guys despite their differences.
I'm sure the -- -- has no hard feelings and we might get an indication of that during dinner to see if the president's wind turns in the water.
-- water turns -- wind.
Pleased to once again have the chance to see Governor Cuomo.
Who's already being talked about for a higher office -- very impressive fellow.
But he may be getting a little ahead of himself I mean let me get this straight the man is put in one term as the governor.
He has a father who -- -- -- governor -- thinks that's enough to run for president -- Course we're down to the -- of the president's term this president's.
As President Obama surveys the Waldorf banquet room.
With everyone and white tie and finery.
You have to wonder what he's thinking.
So little time.
So much -- distribute the and don't be surprised.
I stiffed the president mentions the seed in the monthly jobs report where there was a slight improvement of the numbers.
He knows how to seize the moment this president and already has a compelling new campaign slogan.
You're better -- You were four weeks ago.
All the dignitaries that are here in the Al Smith dinner surely lives up to its still wrong.
Usually when I get invited to gathering like this.
It's just to be the designated driver.
You're kind hospitality.
-- here tonight gives me a chance to convey my deep and long held respect for the Catholic Church.
Have special admiration for the apostle saint Peter.
To -- -- is set upon this rock I will build my church.
The stories all the more inspiring when you consider that he had so many skeptics stoppers at the time who were heard to say.
If you got a church you didn't build that.
Nineteen days go on to the finish line.
Campaign full of surprises the debates are very exciting just of the night we had a very fun debate Candy Crowley was there was happy to.
Welcome -- but people seem to be very curious system.
How we prepare for the debates let me tell you what I do.
First refrain from alcohol for 65 years before the second -- the biggest available straw man and then just commercially attack.
Big burden you see it coming.
In the spirit of Sesame Street the president's remarks that -- brought to you by the letter -- and the number sixteen trillion.
Campaigns to be.
President Obama and I are -- very lucky to have one person who's always in our corner someone who we can lean on.
Someone who's a comforting presence without -- we wouldn't be able to the one of the day I have my beautiful wife band.
He is Bill Clinton.
We got a big dose of the Biden charm.
Last week I'll -- of that in his sudden they would.
I'm not sure that -- that Kerry got had quite the affected Joseph intended.
Because afterwards I heard from the Federal Election Commission.
From now on whenever he appears on TV there's a recording in the afterwards that says I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message to.
Of course rules of -- does have to be enforced because.
-- -- the safeguard do we have besides the press.
I've had never.
Suggest secede from the press is biased I recognize they have their job to do and I have my job to do my job is to lay -- a positive vision for the future of the country.
And their job is to make sure no one else finds out about it.
Let's just say that some in the media have a certain way -- -- looking at things.
When suddenly I I pulled ahead in some of the major polls what was -- headline.
Polls show Obama leading from behind.
I've -- has seen early reports from tonight's dinner.
Obama embraced by Catholics.
Guys with rich people.
Course the president has put his own stamp.
-- relations with the church.
-- been some awkward moments.
Like when the president pulled Pope Benedict decide to share some advice on how to deal with his critics he said look holy father.
Whatever the problem is just blame -- on Pope John Paul the second.
Of course the president has found a way to take the sting out of the Obama care mandates for the church.
For now on they get a -- and Latin.
Very fundamental and sound principles that got both the president to me.
-- -- of course feel the pressures and tensions of a you have a close contest to be easy to let -- healthy competition.
Give way to the personal the petty but fortunately we don't carry the burden of -- dislike you want to.
Our president has had some very finding gracious moments don't -- -- when I said so but our 44 president has many gifts and a beautiful family.
That would make any man proud.
Do you get a close up.
In our country you gonna post some of the politics and make a confident case against their policies.
Without a -- well.
And that's how it is for me.
There's mortal life.
That dale Smith foundation and the Archdiocese of New York.
You show this in the work you do in causes that run deeper that allegiance to party or any conscious to the mall.
No matter which way the political winds are blowing.
What work goes on day and a half by this organization and you USC was calm and willing hearts and service of the -- And care for the sick.
In defense in the right subconscious.
And it solidarity with the innocent child waiting to be born.
You strive to bring God's love.
I I don't presume to have.
All your support and had a night like this I'm certainly not gonna.
Ask for it.
But you can be certain that in the great causes of compassion that you.
Come together to embrace that I stand proudly with you as an ally and friend god bless you all.
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