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

    • Mudassar Iqbal

      it is never too late to give up prejudice

    • Unidav

      I am certain the first joke was told by Obama.    I doubt that Ann would risk offending her rather humorless husband.    

    • Shahnaztarannum

      It is President Obama’s Joke. Romney does not know how to make jokes he knows how to attack Obama. That is one of his joke about Obama’s campaign.

    • Anonymous

      I think Joke 2 is obama.  I think Joke 1 is romney because who would actually have romney in any wild dreams?  (and he knows it)

    • Celeste Christi

      Don’t care who’s funny. Do care who wins. R&R 2012!!

      • Jemfinch1

        Everyone but the rich totally screwed by 2013, ya moron.

    • Rated Republican

      We don’t hate Obama, just his policies, which are to make everyone in Western Civilization as poor as the people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, North Korea, and Cuba.  We’d like to see those countries fixed through freedom, democracy, and capitalism.

      • Sikaburo

        Stereotypes and prejudice! Who tells you all people in those countries are poor. Generalizations. When you hate Obama, he is gracious enough and embraces ALL.

      • Karencento

         Have you listened to Romney?

    • Gzielinska

      People judge by the contects   (” is funny to joke about infedility “) I think joke #2 is a better one bq it makes fun of the political process.

      • Chris

        They are both funny… they are jokes… no subject conditions

    • Sarah Koury

      I thought we were looking for the leader of the free world not a stand up comedian.

    • Zueley

      I bet the funny joke was Obama’s, he has way more personality and so does his wife!

      • Suzgirl

        Acrually, the joke receiving the most votes (joke 1) is Romney’s

        • Sid

          i think joke 1 is obamas because it matches michele’s type of sarcasm

          • Jay

            I think the first joke is Obama’s too

            • Depth Tested

              See, you’re voting for an image, not reality.

          • Dwshive

            The joke was most definitely Romney’s.   Look it up on Google.

      • Anonymous

         Ya, he was hilarious during the debate! Empty suit was more like it!

      • Depth Tested

        Unfortunately for the country, personality does’t pay down the debt, create jobs, or guide an effective foreign policy. To do those things you need experience, intelligence and character. Romney and his wife have more of those.

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      • Acleansweepjan

        Hate is not a good thing..
        Just because they hate Obama does not make it right for us to hate as well.
        Romney reminds me of a high school friend that would do anything including lying go fit in.

      • Sid

        i hate obummer

      • Chris

        Wow, what a loser you are.

      • Depth Tested

        Yes, but he loves you. That’s why he’s trying to remove the empty suit we have in the White House, so you can have a better life. You can send him a thank you note at his inauguration, 

        • 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.

      • Kensee8

        Why hate Romney, he does not do anything bad, but Obama 4 years did nothing for the country, we need change, beside all second term will be for himself not the country.

      • mehdi

         obama is second to none