Ann Romney had a cute story to tell Jay Leno the other night. After the 2008 campaign, she said, she told her husband, “Sweetheart, I’m never doing this again!” And Mitt responded, “You know, Ann, you say that after every pregnancy!”
Funny line, huh? Big laughs from the audience Tuesday night because it was probably the first time they’d heard the joke. But not the first time she’d told it: She did the same bit two weeks ago on “Kelly and Michael,” at the Tampa convention and at a campaign stop this spring.
Like stand-up comics, politicians and their spouses use jokes and one-liners to warm up an audience, and then recycle the best ones into campaign appearances. Staffers can recite them by heart, but crowds eat them up.
A few go-to favorites:
●President Obama loves this story so much he tells it almost every day — including Thursday in Virginia Beach.
President Obama at a campaign event last week in Woodbridge, Va. (Carolyn Kaster/AP ) “I was talking to my campaign manager. He was meeting with a young couple — they had a 4-year-old son with them, Sammy. . . . They saw a picture of me on the wall and they said, ‘Sammy, Sammy, who’s that?’ And the 4-year-old says, ‘That’s Barack Obama.’ And then they said, ‘And what does Barack Obama do?’ And Sammy thought about it for a second, and then he said, ‘He approves this message.’ ”
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