‘SNL’ votes for political satire
Politics and comedy collided once again on “Saturday Night Live” with Tina Fey reviving her dead-on Sarah Palin impression while Fred Armisen’s Barack Obama debated Darrell Hammond’s rendition of John McCain.
The NBC comedy show opened with Fey, wearing a pink jacket and turned out in Palin-esque eyeglasses and her trademark up-do, being interviewed by a a faux Katie Couric. Fey, who first portrayed the Republican vice presidential nominee on “SNL’s” season premiere, offered up titteringly silly answers to questions on foreign policy and her trip to New York City. She was especially disturbed during her visit to the United Nations by the high presence of foreigners there — jobs that she vowed would go to Americans in a McCain administration.
The recreation of Friday’s McCain-Obama debate featured a running gag in which McCain repeatedly proposed that he and Obama suspend their campaigns to either “hold a series of pie-eating contests,” “town hall meetings where you and I appear nude of semi-nude” or for the candidates to be air-dropped so they can search for Osama bin Laden.
The satire focused on McCain, including his contention that “I’ve always been disloyal to this president,” while his record within his own party showing that “the fact is, you simply cannot count on John McCain.”
Obama took a few hits as well, saying that if traditional diplomacy failed in negotiations with, say, North Korea, “playing the race card” would be his go-to plan.
Finally, on the idea for personal searching for bin Laden, McCain said he “would rather lose my life than win an election,” and when asked by the moderator if he really meant that, concluded, “Truthfully, yes, at this point I really don’t care anymore. I mean it.”
With just over a month left before the election, however, you can bet the “SNL” writers and performers care — a lot — about the comic fodder provided by the campaign.
Photo credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni (Tina Fey (left), who impersonates Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live,” show with “SNL” star Amy Poehler at the Governor’s Ball at the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 21, 2008.)