Here are the videos I mentioned today. The web site of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation tells you about what it does for the poor and needy in the archdiocese of New York. The annual memorial dinner (this year on 16th Oct.) serves the purpose of raising funds (i.e., collecting money) for the good cause, and one of the reasons why people pay a handsome sum to go there is the fact that famous people are invited to come and hold a speech. In the words of the Foundation web site:
"luminous guest speakers [step] from the world stage to honor and entertain Annual Dinner audiences with their light humor and political savvy".
• YouTube - McCain at the Al Smith Dinner
• YouTube - Obama at the Al Smith Dinner
Two useful articles on this in the New York Times:
- Dick Cavett: "Anger Mismanagement"
- Brian Stelter: "Finding the Humor in the Election, Each Other and Themselves"