It takes a talented speaker to deliver a laugh line on high-speed rail. But that's what Obama just did: "Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail, which could allow you go places in half the time it takes to travel by car. For some trips, it will be faster than flying - without the pat-down [AUDIENCE LAUGHS ABOUT UNCOMFORTABLE TOUCHING]." First laugh-line of the night.

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