After spending the first half shivving Obama in the back, Edwards tries to make a joke about Obama’s vocal tic of repeating lines. It falls sort of flat. For a second, I worry it could become Edwards’ second pink jacket moment. But Obama saves the moment with a zinger:
Obama: “Charlie [Rangel] is absolutely right that Americans should vote for what’s best for them, their children, and their country. … in the same way that Hillary would tell you women should vote for what’s best for them, their children, and their country.”
Edwards: Why don’t you say that a little more often.
Pause, nervous audience laughter.
Obama: … Same as John wants white males to vote for what’s best for …
Five minutes later, Obama makes a similar joke. In this race, he says, “You’ve got an African-American, a woman, and John.” Edwards doesn’t seem to be laughing this time.