The Reader’s Digest Presidential Laugh-Off

President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney each told us a joke—now you tell us who's funnier.

By Caitlin O'Connell

The Reader’s Digest Presidential Laugh-Off
Inspired by the statistical and the goofy ways to predict the presidency—Halloween mask sales, cookie contests, coffee cups, and Redskins wins to name a few—our editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello decided, Reader’s Digest style, to challenge the presidential nominees to tell their best joke (spontaneously!) during her interviews with each.

Here are the jokes, folks: We edited and posted them below. Vote for your favorite, and we’ll reveal soon which funny fellow you think should be headed to the White House.

Joke 1:

“While in a large room of supporters, I turned to my wife and said, ‘In your wildest dreams, did you see me running for political office?’ And she turned back and said, ‘Honey, you weren’t in my wildest dreams.’”

Joke 2:

“A four-year-old boy saw a picture of the president. His parent said, ‘Do you know what that man does?’ The boy looked and said, ‘Yes: He approves this message.’”

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  • Your Comments

    • Anonymous

      Hate hurts the hater more than it hurts the  hurt-e. …Extended  periods of hate,  devours love, care and concern, likely eliminating the will-power to change.

      Don’t hate anyone. Disliking their ways is acceptable.       

    • Brandon Smith

      Why did you put quotation marks around the second joke when that is not at all what Obama said in the readers digest article? You stripped it of all comedic delivery and then ask which one is funnier. Well. The one that still contains a joke, obviously.



    • gene

      I hate YOU’ALL, you’all but I love you too.

    • Anonymous

      I think the funniest comment was the one Obama made to Biden.

      “We got to save our phoney baloney jobs!”.

      Oh, wait a moment, I think that was from a Mel Brooks movie.

    • Boothe Davis

      The Rombott doesn’t love anyone, with the possible exception of the accountants who helped him prosper at the expense of outsourcing American jobs.
      But hate is an ugly thing, so I don’t hate the Rombott. I just despise him. Thoroughly.