At the 21st annual Benefits Forum & Expo, EBN's annual conference, attendees were treated to not only knowledgeable but humorous keynote addresses from Roll Call Editor Morton Kondracke and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who spoke to benefits stakeholders Sunday and Monday, respectively. Among their comments:

"There's a joke about Sen. McCain being the most prepared to answer the 3 a.m. red phone call because he'll already be up going to the bathroom." "It's interesting, we have a senator from New York who was born in Illinois, and a senator from Illinois who apparently was born in a manger." -- Kondracke, on the '08 presidential race

"If you're young enough, you don't know about using an automatic teller machine, because you've never actually seen a teller." -- Gingrich, on the speed of advancing automated technology

"Prayer." -- Gingrich's answer to how to engage employees who resist corporate wellness programs.

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