Brutal: SNL lampoons Obama’s second-term troubles

posted at 9:21 am on November 18, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

There are almost too many piquant lines in this less than two-minute pharmaceutical commercial sketch to choose from, among them: “You’ll feel like you’re giving a speech at a college campus in 2008 or getting bin Laden, all over again!” and “Warning: Paxil is not covered by Obamacare. We promised that it would be, but it’s not. And for that, we apologize.” …Ouch. Of course, they had to include to obligatory last-minute shot at Republicans tacked on at the end, but the cameo by Bill Clinton with his oh-so-unhelpful comments from last week really takes the cake:


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Mock him mercilessly. The narcissist deserves ridicule.

Murphy9 on November 18, 2013 at 9:24 AM

“And if you’re suicidal, don’t try Paxil. You may change your mind.”

Akzed on November 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

SNL is way too late to this party. We lampooned this sh!t from da get-go…. like in 2008.

ted c on November 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

all they have to do is mine HotAir archives c 2008-2009 for material …..

/timely er…?

ted c on November 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

SNL catching on to what a clusterfark this Presidency is?

Only took ‘em five years.

Bitter Clinger on November 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

The “What I Think of Me” graphic was great. Except Obama’s would be 100% straight along.

SoRight on November 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

A thing of beauty…

PointnClick on November 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

SNL is way too late to this party. We lampooned this sh!t from da get-go…. like in 2008.

ted c on November 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

As noted by others on Sunday, sticking the words “Benghazi” and “IRS” into the graphics as part of Obama’s second term problems is ironic for Saturday Night Live, because they’ve avoided doing any skits whatsoever on the Benghazi or IRS scandals until now.

jon1979 on November 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

The Democratic Party is quickly becoming a daily laxative commercial: “If you like liberalism, stay close to a toilet.”

Rovin on November 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM

“Take Paxil regularly and you’ll feel like your back in Hawai’i with the Choom Gang.”

TXUS on November 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

“Take Pax!l regularly and you’ll feel like your back in Hawai’i with the Choom Gang.”

TXUS on November 18, 2013 at 9:34 AM

This is the type of stuff obozo has no ability to deal with. His petty nature can’t take the mocking. And this was some tame stuff. It will get worse. How many Americans watched that and asked themselves “What IRS scandal?”

Flange on November 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Oprah declares SNL racist. Because, you know, any opposition to the lazy stupid coward is because of his skin color and not his lack of ability, integrity, or value as a human being in our society.

Happy Nomad on November 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM

As noted by others on Sunday, sticking the words “Benghazi” and “IRS” into the graphics as part of Obama’s second term problems is ironic for Saturday Night Live, because they’ve avoided doing any skits whatsoever on the Benghazi or IRS scandals until now.

jon1979 on November 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

A Benghazi skit? Really???? How exactly would you do that without quickly making it in bad taste?

Happy Nomad on November 18, 2013 at 9:38 AM

As noted by others on Sunday, sticking the words “Benghazi” and “IRS” into the graphics as part of Obama’s second term problems is ironic for Saturday Night Live, because they’ve avoided doing any skits whatsoever on the Benghazi or IRS scandals until now.

jon1979 on November 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Furthermore, the emphasis on “second term” is essentially making the argument that this always happens and thus it’s not really Obama’s fault, in general.

ebrawer on November 18, 2013 at 9:38 AM

How many Americans watched that and asked themselves “What IRS scandal?”

Flange on November 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM

42.

And those extra viewers who tuned in to see Lady Godawful weren’t paying attention to anything else.

NotCoach on November 18, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Eat popo, you losers, Dog Eater has been creating enough comedic material to keep you in going for a decade and only now do you chime in by following the herd. As Dan Rather would say: “Coorudge”.

Bishop on November 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Bishop on November 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

Happy Nomad on November 18, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Progressive manufactured economic success achieved!

Mission Accomplished At Market Open: S&P 1,800; Dow 16,000

Murphy9 on November 18, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Yet none of it lampoons the premise of Obamacare…there is no “cultural” victory here for you conservatives.

ClassicCon on November 18, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Part of being funny is to demonstrate great timing as well as creativity. Obama is a farce and in way over his head. We have been saying that for 5+ years while SNL turned a blind eye and carried his water for him.

Feh.

ted c on November 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM

SNL catching on to what a clusterfark this Presidency is?

Only took ‘em five years.

Bitter Clinger on November 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Yup. The ‘cutting edge’ of comedy, all right.

Myron Falwell on November 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM

And those extra viewers who tuned in to see Lady Godawful weren’t paying attention to anything else.

NotCoach on November 18, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Those people don’t have the mental capabilities to pay attention to anything else.

Flange on November 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM

SNL catching on to what a clusterfark this Presidency is?

Only took ‘em five years.

Bitter Clinger on November 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Give ‘em a break for pity’s sake. They’re liberals, they’re stupid. Sheesh.

Oldnuke on November 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Yet none of it lampoons the premise of Obamacare…there is no “cultural” victory here for you conservatives.

ClassicCon on November 18, 2013 at 9:58 AM

I live under the basic belief that conservative cultural victories will never take place. Based on your verbiage, that must make you happy… but I don’t necessarily want to be popular or in a cult.

Myron Falwell on November 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM

A Benghazi skit? Really???? How exactly would you do that without quickly making it in bad taste?

Happy Nomad on November 18, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Scene: An Oval Office meeting with Barry, Hillary, and top political aides (Jarrett, Axelrod, Huma, etc.) to discuss how they can convince the public that the Benghazi attack was not Barry or Hillary’s fault.

Barry: “Hillary, you’re the Secretary of State. You were supposed to provide security at the consulate. This is all your fault.”

Hillary: “No, you’re the president, the top dog, it’s all your fault.”

Barry: “No, it’s your fault.” [Flips the bird]

Hillary: “No, it’s your fault.” [Sticks out tongue]

Jarrett: “Look, this bickering is getting us nowhere. The important thing now is to figure out how we can convince the public that this is all Mitt Romney’s fault.”

Axelrod: “I have a bunch of reporters who owe me. I’ll have them drill Romney in his press conference. I’ve already written out the questions for them to ask him.” [Passes sheet of questions around; Barry, Hillary, and others read them and laugh out loud. "Oh, that's a good one!"].

Huma: “We better have a back-up plan, in case the public doesn’t fall for the ‘blame Romney’ scheme. My Muslim Brotherhood buddies tell me that there is an anti-Mohammad video that was recently posted on YouTube. Why don’t we say that is what started the riots?”

Barry: “Great idea.”

Hillary: “That’s a wonderful idea, sweetie. I knew there was a reason why I loved you.”

AZCoyote on November 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM

SNL is way too late to this party. We lampooned this sh!t from da get-go…. like in 2008.

ted c on November 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I saw this. And though creative, it wasn’t really funny and the attempt at playing Obama came off a tad to pathetic, such that it seemed to make one feel sympathy for the man instead of being irate with him for his intentionally dishonest acts, deeds, statements and general failure.

SNL ruined itself, it’s name and brand, with the two weeks’ ago edition with Miley Cyrus (playing a torrid sechual affair as Michelle Bachmann with a homosexual-suggestive Boehner). I turned the show off in the middle of that, disgusted.

I’m now sorry I tuned back in this week. SNL is mired in fail. Fail.

Lourdes on November 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM

SNL must have seen Leno’s ratings…and NBC is replacing him.

workingclass artist on November 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

All it would take for SNL to stop their recent lampooning of Teh Øne is for him to voice some displeasure at it, any small irritation, any discomfiture at all and the mocking would stop. Then they would only be left with Eric Holder, Sarah Palin and Republicans to play with.
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SNL is that gutless. Plus, somebody might set LA on fire.

ExpressoBold on November 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

SNL catching on to what a clusterfark this Presidency is?

Only took ‘em five years.

Bitter Clinger on November 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Give ‘em a break for pity’s sake. They’re liberals, they’re stupid. Sheesh.

Oldnuke on November 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Don’t give them any credit. They’re still portraying Obama as an endearing, perpetually deserving youth in office. Jay Pharoah, actor, does an OK job with the skits but he portrays Obama as still-sweet, kindly, somewhat goofy geeky guy and it’s evasive as to the intentional harms and bad character we’re seeing from the real person in the real office. So I don’t find these skits at all funny. Just evasive.

This last weekend they even had a skit, so called, with a “gay critic” who lambasted Jesus Christ and the Sermon on the Mount. There was no point in going that far with that skit and that character, his obsessive-compulsive bitterness as character and skit premise was already made, but go there SNL did. It’s that level of irreverancy that is never funny and is always in wretchedly poor taste.

Lourdes on November 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

A fairly good sketch about 5 years too late though.

Johnnyreb on November 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM

SNL ruined itself, it’s name and brand, with the two weeks’ ago edition with Miley Cyrus (playing a torrid sechual affair as Michelle Bachmann with a homosexual-suggestive Boehner). I turned the show off in the middle of that, disgusted.

I’m now sorry I tuned back in this week. SNL is mired in fail. Fail.

Lourdes on November 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM

SNL ruined itself long before Miley Cyrus with overt bias. In comedy, everything should be fair game–republican and democrat–and it’s not according to them. Thus, their crappy ratings show it.

ted c on November 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM

There are a few good characters that have recently been presented by SNL: “the girl you wished you hadn’t talked to at the party” is one; and, “What’s Up With That” always has me laughing, for another.

But SNL still parodies Obama in a fashion that makes viewers feel sorry for Obama rather than making a joke out of Obama’s bad deeds, if such a thing was possible.

Lourdes on November 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Lourdes on November 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM

SNL ruined itself long before Miley Cyrus with overt bias. In comedy, everything should be fair game–republican and democrat–and it’s not according to them. Thus, their crappy ratings show it.

ted c on November 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Yes, I agree, it’s just that the Miley Cyrus episode was abysmal. The absolute cruddiest among the Crud, is my point. It was sooo.bad among bad episodes, it was just sooo.awful, I was shocked at how horrible the thing was.

This last weekend, I tuned in again after swearing off it but it was again truly horrible, hosted by GaGa and just downright hideously creepy.

Lourdes on November 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM

SNL must have seen Leno’s ratings…and NBC is replacing him.

workingclass artist on November 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I’m actually glad that Leno is leaving. He deserves better than to be at NBC.

Myron Falwell on November 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

SNL is way too late to this party. We lampooned this sh!t from da get-go…. like in 2008.

ted c on November 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Yup, art is way too late in imitating life in this instance. I stopped caring about SNL quite a while ago. To the SNL question, “Can we be funny about Obama?” Most of us would echo Giuliani, “Why start now?”

Fallon on November 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Where was SNL in 2007? Oh, yeah…..on their freaking knees worshiping at the alter of The Obamassiah.

GarandFan on November 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

But SNL still parodies Obama in a fashion that makes viewers feel sorry for Obama rather than making a joke out of Obama’s bad deeds, if such a thing was possible.

That may be, but any criticism or parody of Obama is a good thing in the long run. Think long term, my friend, little by little the slow drip drip drip of scandal and parody will render him powerless.

Old Fritz on November 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM

This is the type of stuff obozo has no ability to deal with. His petty nature can’t take the mocking. And this was some tame stuff. It will get worse. How many Americans watched that and asked themselves “What IRS scandal?

Flange on November 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Seemed like they had no idea about most, if not all of the scandals listed. Benghazi – huh? AP – what? NSA – who? The jabs were lost on nearly all of them.

Hill60 on November 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Softballed imo. That was about as light as they could possibly go on him without ignoring it all together.

Dash on November 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Funny skit. And spot on.

But it’s too little, too late. Each of these items listed as “symptoms’ in the parody (Benghazi, IRS scandal, etc etc) were known about by the press and the media before last year’s reelection.

They’ll rag on him a bit and it’ll be the “2nd term blues” for items that would jail any other president, but at the end of the day, he was still reelected.

You see it’s “safe” to criticize him now.

astronmr20 on November 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM

One of the most important elements of comedy is TIMING!

SNL shows how bad it has become over the years by coming up with this half-@ss clip a full FIVE YEARS LATE!!!

landlines on November 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM

The jabs were lost on nearly all of them.

Hill60 on November 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM

True, but these are the types of cracks that appear before the dam bursts. It’s now OK to mock him on these subjects, and it will happen more and more.

Flange on November 18, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Weak

Bmore on November 18, 2013 at 11:29 AM

SNL must have seen Leno’s ratings…and NBC is replacing him.

workingclass artist on November 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I’m actually glad that Leno is leaving. He deserves better than to be at NBC.

Myron Falwell on November 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Meh. Just another liberal ahole. He’s the comedy equivalent of K-Pow, strays occasionally, but liberal through and through. His wife wears the political pants in the family.

slickwillie2001 on November 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Like I posted after Clint Eastwood appeared at the RNC convention:

Demonstrates that an 82 year old man can show more comedic courage in 11 minutes than SNL can show in 5 years.

kurtzz3 on November 18, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Of course, they couldn’t mock Obama without mocking the Tea Party. This is was weak and hardly “brutal.”

Hat Trick on November 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

No comment on the scene where Obama was leaning on his desk like JFK did?

Also, I liked the Republican part at the end. If the TP is getting so under the GOPe’s skin that they need an anti-depressant, then they’re doing something right in my book.

Kafir on November 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I also like the the Republican part at the end. If you can’t laugh at yourself, then you don’t know a good joke!

BigGator5 on November 18, 2013 at 1:37 PM

What’s wrong with the USA, all in two minutes.

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Better later, than never, for the obama-azz-dwellers to wake up.

They are so intoxicated that most of them still think it’s Beluga caviar. May they all be destroyed by him, incl. their Utopian pipe-dreams.

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Where was SNL in 2007? Oh, yeah…..on their freaking knees worshiping at the alter of The Obamassiah.

GarandFan on November 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Ya – when it mattered, during the campaigns, how many time did they slam the Republican candidates and how many times did they slam 0bumble? I believe the answer is a big ZERO for 0bumble slams.
So, as others have said – too little, too late.

dentarthurdent on November 18, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Gibbs’ “no one told the president” is simply lots of hot air.

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

From the Liz Cheney thread:

Posts get moved to Top Picks if they get 100 (or close to 100) comments. If this one gets that, it’ll be moved. If not, not.

Allahpundit on November 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM

So, how did this thread get moved to Top Picks after 54 comments?

Bitter Clinger on November 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

So, how did this thread get moved to Top Picks after 54 comments?

Bitter Clinger on November 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Slow Monday?
Erika’s turn for a “Top Pick”?

dentarthurdent on November 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

So, how did this thread get moved to Top Picks after 54 comments?

Bitter Clinger on November 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Trolls in suicide mode

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2013 at 2:22 PM

So, how did this thread get moved to Top Picks after 54 comments?

Bitter Clinger on November 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

AP forgot to mention the super secret AP multiplier. Best not to think about it.

NotCoach on November 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

This is funny

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Of course they had to get in a dig at the TEA Party.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM

I haven’t been able to watch SNL since the original crew – Belushi, Aykroyd, Murray, Radner, Curtain, et al.

dentarthurdent on November 18, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Of course they had to get in a dig at the TEA Party.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM

No biggie. They only wish there was some Tea Party depression.

cartooner on November 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM