'Saturday Night Live' Mocks Obama Mania, Praises Clinton
July 7, 2008 - 8:32 PM
(CNSNews.com) - The most recent episode of "Saturday Night Live" featured a sketch parodying the media as head over heels for Sen. Barack Obama and a rant by former cast member Tina Fey endorsing Hillary Clinton as a "b---- ... who gets stuff done."
The show's opening sketch was a mock televised CNN debate between Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Obama (D-Ill.) - portrayed by actors Amy Poehler and Fred Armisen respectively. Cast members parodying three reporters asked Clinton absurdly difficult questions while fawning over Obama.
"Like nearly everyone in the news media, the three of us are totally in the tank for Senator Obama," said a faux Campbell Brown, introducing the debate.
"I myself have been clinically diagnosed as an Obamaniac while my associate John King just last week suffered his third Barack attack," she added.
Later, a cast member playing Univision anchor Jorge Ramos asked Obama, "Are you mad at me?" When Obama answered in the negative, Ramos said he was relieved because "all the shilling for you in my campaign coverage has been so obvious and because I spend every night sitting in front of your house in a parked car."
The sketch also featured a question from "an ordinary citizen chosen completely at random from the audience." The questioner turned out to be Web sensation Obama Girl who lip-synched the chorus of her song "I've Got a Crush on Obama."
Guest host and former SNL head writer Tina Fey later riffed on several common criticisms of Clinton during a monologue on the show's comedic news broadcast "Weekend Update."
"Maybe what bothers me the most is that people say Hillary's a b----. And let me say something about that. Yeah she is," Fey said.
"B-----s get stuff done," she added. "That's why Catholic schools use nuns as teachers and not priests. Those nuns are mean old clams, and they sleep on cots, and they're allowed to hit you. And at the end of the school year, you hated those b-----s, but you knew the capital of Vermont."
Fey also took a shot at Republicans. Answering a criticism from Rush Limbaugh who had wondered if America was ready for an aging woman president, Fey said, "Really? They didn't seem to mind when Ronald Reagan did that."
Since the Ford administration, "Saturday Night Live" has had a history of mocking American political figures. Darrell Hammond's impression of Bill Clinton during the 1990s was widely hailed as one of the show's most brilliant parodies.
Such portrayals are occasionally noticed by actual politicians. On Sunday, Hillary Clinton encouraged supporters to watch the debate sketch - now on You Tube and other Web sites - to show how unfairly she had been treated by the press.
After the first presidential debate in 2000, Al Gore's advisors reportedly urged him to watch the show's subsequent parody so he could improve his public image.