Video: SNL goofs on Obama for accomplishing nothing

posted at 12:55 pm on October 4, 2009 by Allahpundit

Omitted from the “not done” checklist here: Stopping Iran, resisting the urge to nationalize giant car companies, and keeping deficit projections for the next decade under a trillion dollars annually. But those are all concerns of the right and, needless to say, that’s not where this skit is coming from, a point worth bearing in mind amid the grim enjoyment you’ll feel at seeing The One spoofed on national TV. Mainstream comedy has actually reached the point where their big goof on Barack Obama is that he’s not liberal enough.

Memo to Lorne Michaels: This impersonation, if it can even be called that, has now reached the depths of Chevy Chase’s “imitation” of Gerald Ford. You can’t bring in a freelancer for the Obama skits? Darrell Hammond in his Jesse Jackson get-up would be more convincing.


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Key West Reader on October 4, 2009 at 4:34 PM

After having been through similar things, I recommend you brush up on the school’s rulebook. But don’t take anything there literally or even plainly. “Educators” are trained to use such books ‘creatively’, shall I call it? They’re written loosely enough to be open to wide interpretation, so you’re going to have to be literate and crafty enough to use their own words against them.

It’s hard, as they intend it, but it can be done.

Liam on October 4, 2009 at 6:33 PM

I was struck by the hesitant, nervous laughter from the audience during this skit. People are still not sure if it’s OK to laugh openly at the Obama.

Once enough people decide it’s OK to laugh publicly at the buffoonery of this Administration, it’s over for the Obama team. This group is WAY too arrogant and incompetent (a common pairing of characteristics on the Left) to withstand open ridicule.

cruadin on October 4, 2009 at 3:14 PM

That reminded me of the movie “V” For Vendetta”, where it was not allowed to laugh at the dictator; one comedian did, and paid with his life.

ProudPalinFan on October 4, 2009 at 6:33 PM

You’re…. very…. wel….come, bro.
:^)

profitsbeard on October 4, 2009 at 6:22 PM

No… no… thank you for my… Eureka moment. -_*

TXUS on October 4, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Considering what Fred has to work with, in regards to imitating Obama, he does a pretty good job. Think about it, Obama is a dullard. At least Fred gives *Obama* a personality.

I would rather watch Fred’s version of Obama than Obama in person, or someone who does a spot on impression. YAWN

I was kind of iffy on the Paterson impression…but after Patterson threw the race card I didn’t care anymore. It is funny.

sarainitaly on October 4, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Absolutely awful. No aaahhh’s, uuummmm’s or let me make this clear’s.
Hard to tell who he was supposed to be.

gopmom on October 4, 2009 at 6:45 PM

It must be difficult to parody someone who is already a malicious parody of himself.

Dhuka on October 4, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Hopey McChange!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lavell12 on October 4, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Television comedy seems like a lame DNC outreach program for 18 – 30 year olds who don’t know how to read.

Jaibones on October 4, 2009 at 6:08 PM

A very accurate description of the genre. There are plenty of sharp, funny minds around capable of coming up with good material. Look at The Onion’s fake news casts, for example. But the stuff on network TV is incredibly awful.

Django on October 4, 2009 at 7:05 PM

He may not have done much, so far, but here’s what he’s working on: The Barack Obamument. /sarc

BKeyser on October 4, 2009 at 7:16 PM

It was pretty funny, but wow, does he do the worst impression of Obama.

Daggett on October 4, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Wow, SNL is even unfunnier than I thought. That impression was horrible, they need to get someone else and the content of the skit was more like a scathing rebuke from the left because he’s not liberal enough. Gays in the military? Who the hell is talking about gays in the military at this time?

Still it is funny hearing that idiotic audience switch from raucous cheers in the beginning to nercous laughter during the skit.

Daemonocracy on October 4, 2009 at 7:18 PM

“If I’ve lost SNL, I’ve lost middle America.”

-Lyndon Baines Obama-

Bishop on October 4, 2009 at 1:20 PM

That got me laughing. Thanks.

Sapwolf on October 4, 2009 at 7:31 PM

LEAVE FRED ARMISEN ALONE!

I_C on October 4, 2009 at 7:35 PM

God, for having a POTUS with such an infinite amount of raw material for incredible comedy and satire opportunities, the left (GE/NBC/MSNBC/CNBC) sure is insecure and jacked up on kool-aid.

One of my good friends asked me once when I was out there after the election in CA to switch the TV to SNL. I asked him why? He said its funny. I told him it hasn’t been funny since Carvey left and that it was for beta-bottom boys and lesbians and the urban crowd. You see, he gets his news from the local leftist newspaper, SNL, and Southpark.

So as you can see, our friendship has kinda died out given that all we do now is play Lord of the Rings Online once in awhile.

It’s tough to be friends with such sheeple.

Sapwolf on October 4, 2009 at 7:41 PM

It’s really not even an impression. He says “no” a bit like Obama, but really he doesn’t do many of Barack’s mannerisms, and certainly doesn’t sound like Barack. If they could find some guy with a good voice, he’d be easy to do.

hawksruleva on October 4, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Yeah, if there’s anything funny on SNL it will be online the next week. “Hey, SNL was funny!” Spare yourself 85 minutes waiting for it.

Chris_Balsz on October 4, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Wow, was that unfunny. I think the problem is that SNL’s heart wasn’t really into it. They pulled their punches. It was more chiding Obama than mocking him. Compare the tone with what they do to Palin, Bush, Cheney, or Reagan. No insult is too low for those people. Mock them, mock them mercilessly, and then mock them again.

If they really wanted to go off on Obama, they have enough material to do so. They could have mocked him for his preening narcism, being more concerned about his self image than in solving the chaos around him. They could’ve mocked him for his desire to make speeches in place of doing action. “Mr. President, Iran’s just launched nuclear missiles at Israel!” (Obama with a stern look on his face): “Really, this calls for an immediate … speech.”

Instead we get, “uh, I haven’t done jack or squat…” ho-humm ha-ha.

SNL was much harder on Obama during the primaries last year and I think that was because they were contrasting him with Hillary, so there was some sympathy for the other side and thus some motivation to really slam Obama on his inexperience. But here, SNL knows consciously or subconsciously that when they slam Obama they help his opposition, which in this case is the hated Republicans, so they pull their punches.

Ha-ha-ho-hum.

PackerBronco on October 4, 2009 at 8:06 PM

SNL should have gone off the air after the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players moved on to bigger things. All crews have been comically constipated ever since 1988 or so.

Liam on October 4, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Sorry,, it just wasn’t funny. SNL is way over rated. I think if you grabbed 20 people at random off the streets they could deliver more comedy than SNL does.

JellyToast on October 4, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Liam on October 4, 2009 at 8:14 PM

The “More Cowbell” skit and the “D*ck in a Box” skit are comic gold, almost worth the justification of the show’s existence in the 21st Century. The Palin stint, of course, rocked it for me, cementing my long distance love for the woman.

Anyway, the featured skit here was just so-so. Nothing special to write home about.

itzWicks on October 4, 2009 at 8:48 PM

If SNL wanted a guy who can do Obama – they need to get this guy.

CDR Salamander on October 4, 2009 at 9:03 PM

The hell? I can do a better Obama impersonation. That guy is an actor? The kids in the local high school thespian club do a better job, this dink is is just reading cue cards. He doesn’r even try to fake it.

Alden Pyle on October 4, 2009 at 9:07 PM

This was weak tea at best but it is better than the fawning coverage from the MSM.
I liked the Chris Matthews joke from Leno last week; shows that at least late night is willing to make jokes at the Won’s expense.

mad scientist on October 4, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Sorry,, it just wasn’t funny. SNL is way over rated. I think if you grabbed 20 people at random off the streets they could deliver more comedy than SNL does.

JellyToast on October 4, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Last time I watched SNL, about 20 years ago, it was hands down the worst show on TV. Unbelievable it is still on; and more unbelievable that right side blogs link to it.

james23 on October 4, 2009 at 9:33 PM

If SNL wanted a guy who can do Obama – they need to get this guy.

CDR Salamander on October 4, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Wow. There’s a powerful and painful demonstration of how lame SNL is. I don’t know who this guy is, but he flat out nails Obama’s quirky speech pattern right to the wall. Perfect. The Cylon bit is pretty funny, too.

Jaibones on October 4, 2009 at 9:33 PM

SNL leaves so much low-hanging fruit on the tree because of their liberal agenda (and/or the statist overlords running the show at NBC). This is the best they can do in poking fun at The One?

Why doesn’t the Fox Network start up their own Saturday night comedy show to compete directly with SNL? I think it’d be a huge hit from day one, and advertisers would quickly flock to it. It’s an untapped market demographic of huge proportions! I bet they could get Dennis Miller to help out!

swanzoid on October 4, 2009 at 9:40 PM

I only wish Obama had done nothing. How about Porkulus, Czars, Omnibus, Bailouts of AIG, Takeover of GM, Chrysler and giving them to the unions, how about govt funding for abortions in Mexico and elsewhere, how about wasting beaucoup amounts of money trapsing all over the world with his wife on a separate plane, how about causing a major rift in black-white relations???? Obama has not done nothing, he’s done nothing good.

Christian Conservative on October 5, 2009 at 12:57 AM

SNL stopped being funny in the mid 80s. This clown makes Chevy Chase’s Ford impression look good.(It wasn’t)
The writing/timing in this skit stunk. But beside that, it was fun to watch people start to laugh at Barry.

Jeff from WI on October 5, 2009 at 5:15 AM

Sorry,, it just wasn’t funny. SNL is way over rated. I think if you grabbed 20 people at random off the streets they could deliver more comedy than SNL does.

JellyToast on October 4, 2009 at 8:47 PM

I’d pitch that idea to the networks. Kind of an amateur SNL, sounds pretty good

Jeff from WI on October 5, 2009 at 7:14 AM

So to recap:
1) That was a horrible Obama impersonation.
2) That skit wasn’t very funny.
3) SNL has been lame since Carvey.

Sounds like we’re in agreement.

They should have gotten the guy Rush uses for his Obama parodies. Those skits are drop dead funny. It just shows how lame SNL has gotten.

Free Indeed on October 5, 2009 at 7:51 AM

I do believe we are starting to see why the MSM and entertainment industry were so gung-ho to get this putz elected. The news is going to be very bad for the next few years and there will be plenty of comedy gold to reap with all the gaffs and goof ups. Where with President Bush it was mostly personal, fabricated, and nasty humor, with the clowns in this administration it’s a circus everyday! Pathetic thing is, it’s at the expense of the American people.

mozalf on October 5, 2009 at 8:17 AM

The only thing Obama has done is funnel money to his friends and Unions and break contract laws RE: Chrysler and GM.

He should be investigated for crimes and profiting under a “manufactured” crisis.

The other thing he has accomplished? More CO2 emissions than Southwest Airlines.

James on October 5, 2009 at 8:23 AM

SNL cast members who are funny, please step forward.

Ehh… not so fast, everyone but Andy Samberg.

Red Cloud on October 5, 2009 at 9:01 AM

My post on the 1,600 post thread of Oct 2nd:

And I can’t wait now for the next episode of Saturday Night Live – they’ll have a blast ridiculing this egotistical moron Obozo and his queen, thinking they could hoodwink the IOC like they did to the US electorate in the last election!!!!!

crickets chirping…….

Sweet_Thang on October 2, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Well, well, well! In terms of SNL coverage of Zero’s string of disastrous losses, not exactly a “thrill of victory” moment, but certainly not the “agony of defeat”.

Call it “one small step for mankind!”

Sweet_Thang on October 5, 2009 at 9:32 AM

This is a significant turn of events. They need a better Obama.

joedoe on October 5, 2009 at 9:38 AM

but but but wait how can this be – SNL hates the right and worships Obama

Dave Rywall on October 5, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Some people are hard to imitate accurately, so why try?

Actually… the key to a great immitation is to take the object’s quirks and magnify them. Giggles has that annoying whistling S that could easily be exploited for comedic ends, not to mention the fact that half the time he sounds like he’s got a mouthful of popcorn. Physically, he does the Democrat Thumb Point that they all do. And don’t forget the TOTUS head-bop.

So saying Obama is “hard” to imitate isn’t true. Not by a long-shot.

crazy_legs on October 5, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Well, how is it that a guy who has never accomplished anything, expected to begin accomplishing anything when that has never been his forte’?

He has made a living out of accomplishing nothing and that should be a big score for him and they should be touting his perfect consistency of accomplishing “nothing”.

“Let me be perfectly clear, as I’ve always said, we said we were going to bring hopenchange, and that’s exactly what we’ve brought. We hoped we wouldn’t have to do jack or squat, and that represents change for the better.”

What else could we expect barry to do?

ted c on October 5, 2009 at 9:52 AM

“I didn’t say I HAD any hopenchange. I just wanted to know if you WANTED some hopenchange!”

Must have smacked his head pretty hard on that Marine One hatchway…

Roy Rogers on October 5, 2009 at 10:22 AM

So how long until the groveling apology and make up love fest?

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 5, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Don’t get too excited.This is SNL’s mandatory Liberal President joke skit every other month.

Jeff from WI on October 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Is Barack Obama a “typical” black president?

joe btfsplk on October 5, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Its a positive step for SNL. There used to be a time when media in general were known as the fourth pillar of government, acting as a ‘checks and balances’ against the Executive, Legislative and the Judiciary branches. Sometimes those old habits come out but of course its a New Dawn with The One. Perhaps as his halo weakens the media will revert back to its true calling.

mperek on October 5, 2009 at 1:37 PM

The difference is that Chevy Chase was actually funny. Before he became a bitter, hate-filled troll person, that is.

BlueStateBilly on October 5, 2009 at 4:55 PM

I caught that opening skit and it appears that the bloom is now off the rose and it’s about time.

shoregulls on October 5, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Absolutely awful. No aaahhh’s, uuummmm’s or let me make this clear’s.
Hard to tell who he was supposed to be.

gopmom on October 4, 2009 at 6:45 PM

He used to do those. His impression is usually proficient, but not funny (as contrast, see Carvey’s Bush I or even Armisen’s David Paterson).

Maybe he just forgot how Obama sounds?

YYZ on October 5, 2009 at 7:19 PM

I can’t stand anything to do with SNL and Obama. The impersonations are terrible and never funny. I’m convinced they will not have a single funny skit. Ever.

metric on October 5, 2009 at 7:36 PM

obarryssment is impotent at doing anything but campaigning.

DanaSmiles on October 6, 2009 at 9:44 AM

metric on October 5, 2009 at 7:36 PM

I came to that very same conclusion about 10 or 12 years ago. -sigh-

DanaSmiles on October 6, 2009 at 9:45 AM

CDR Salamander on October 4, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Aloha America
By your command.

Blacksmith8 on October 6, 2009 at 12:51 PM

There used to be a time when media in general were known as the fourth pillar of government, acting as a ‘checks and balances’ against the Executive, Legislative and the Judiciary branches. Sometimes those old habits come out but of course its a New Dawn with The One. Perhaps as his halo weakens the media will revert back to its true calling.

mperek on October 5, 2009 at 1:37 PM

You are overly optimistic aren’t you? The media in this country has always been left. Literally, they started before the revolutionary war. I haven’t read where they went to sleep with their forehead on the snooze button before, but they’ve always hated conservative views, chiefly views aligned with PERSONAL liberty and freedom.

Blacksmith8 on October 6, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Yeah the impersonation sucked, but at last they’re actually making fun of him now, which is at least a step in the right direction.

moonbat monitor on October 6, 2009 at 1:05 PM

AND MORE ABOUT BARACK THE SPEAKER AND HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS;
http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/10/how_obama_has_failed_black_ame.html

Cybergeezer on October 6, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Omitted from the “not done” checklist here: Stopping Iran, resisting the urge to nationalize giant car companies, and keeping deficit projections for the next decade under a trillion dollars annually. But those are all concerns of the right…

More accurately, those are things you would like him to do. However, they are not things that he promised to do in his campaign, so they’re not at all relevant.

I mean, if SNL had done a skit where they pointed out that Bush had failed to offer a single-payer healthcare plan, had failed to prevent waterboarding, had failed to prevent Americans from being wiretapped, etc, what would that prove? That Bush didnt do things that he nobody ever thought he was going to do? What’s noteworthy about that?

If this was done for Bush, the points would have been about privatizing Social Security, achieving “victory” in Iraq, catching Bin Laden, etc. Stuff that people expected him to do, but didnt.

The point of the sketch isnt to say how Obama isnt being liberal enough. It’s to say that he isnt meeting his promises.

orange on October 7, 2009 at 12:07 PM

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