President Obama and Mitt Romney traded jokes tonight at the white-tie Alfred Smith Dinner in New York City, held by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York to raise money for needy children. The media let us know before the first presidential debate that there would be no “zingers” in Denver, but the barbs were flying tonight.

Obama was first to speak and took a good number of shots at himself.

Romney, again proving not to be the emotionless straw man we’ve been sold by the media, had plenty of zingers of his own.

See for yourself:

Reporters on the scene seemed genuinely pleased to see humor interjected into what has been a contentious race, but the president’s fans were not amused by what they saw as mean-spirited jibes.

Tough crowd. Anyone have a theory why?

Could we please have an entertainment professional weigh in?