Speaking at Syracuse University this morning, Gen. Martin Dempsey was free and loose with jokes.

The nation's highest ranking military officer began with one about himself and his wife, Deanie Dempsey, a Le Moyne College graduate. "Did you ever in your wildest dreams think we'd be here and I'd be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?"

"You're not in my wildest dreams," was the punchline.

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