Ann Romney (R) stands while US President Barack Obama (C) and Mitt Romney (L) shake hands during the 67th annual Al Smith dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel October 18, 2012 in New York, New York. Both front runner US Presidential candidates, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, attend the annual charity dinner for the Archdiocese of New York's Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation which typically invites candidates during an election year to speak. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Moments after Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's humorous address at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner in New York City on Thursday, President Barack Obama took to the stage and made fun of himself, Clint Eastwood and, of course, Romney.
“Everybody please take your seats, otherwise Clint Eastwood will yell at them,” Obama began, referring to the actor's infamous speech at the Republican National Convention.
One of Obama's best jokes of the night had to do with his poor debate performance in the first presidential debate and MSNBC's Chris Matthews.
He noted that Thursday night was the third time he and Romney had met in the same room, including the first two debates.
"Some of you may have noticed, I had a lot more energy in our second debate. I felt really well rested after the nice long nap I had in the first debate," Obama joked.
He went on: “I particularly want to apologize to Chris Matthews. Four years ago, I gave him a thrill up his leg. This time around, I gave him a stroke."
He also said the first debate taught him that there are "worse things that happen to you on your anniversary than forgetting to buy a gift."
Obama's speech appeared to be far less focused on Romney than the Republican's was on the president. He did, however, make a crack about Romney's wealth saying, "Earlier today, I went shopping at some stores in midtown. I understand Governor Romney went shopping for some stores in midtown."
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on October 18, 2012 in New York City. The lighthearted white-tie charity gala has long been a tradition of the presidential race. (Credit: Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on October 18, 2012 in New York City. The lighthearted white-tie charity gala has long been a tradition of the presidential race. (Credit: Getty Images)
“Monday's debate will be a little bit different because the topic is foreign policy. Spoiler alert: we got bin Laden," Obama joked to laughs.
In closing, Obama thanked the Gov. Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation for hosting the annual dinner, which benefits needy children. He explained that he and Romney "have different political perspectives" but that they both "share the hope that the next four years will affect the same willingness to come together for a higher purpose that are on display this evening" at the dinner.
Also, just as Romney did, Obama praised the former Massachusetts governor as a father and husband and complimented his family.
Watch the video of Obama's address below:
This story has been updated with additional information.