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Who Played Obama on SNL

After Waiting and Wondering — Does SNL's Obama Work?

Coming back from a writers' strike-imposed hiatus stretching back to Nov. 3, Saturday Night Live was back last night with a big revelation: Who would play their spoofy Show-bama.

During a send-up of last week's Texas debate (which centered very heavily on the Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who tons of you found . . . appealing) the casting of Obama was revealed. Comedian Fred Armisen will fill Obama's hope-and-change shoes. After months of speculation as to the casting, some say the show might be courting controversy by not casting a nonblack performer in the role — though the show has a history of casting for funniest rather than most accurate.

I think Armisen got the speaking cadence and omnipresent frowny face down, but . . . Here's to hoping he'll have a long time to practice his impersonation! What did you all think? Were you loving the SNL Obama?

Oh, and Mike Huckabee — the real Mike Huckabee also dropped by the Weekend Update desk.

onabanana onabanana 9 years
What do you think, as this borderline black face? I lean towards no but someone brought it up at my office and I'm curious.
jenintx jenintx 9 years
i disliked the skit. it wasn't funny and went on about 6 minutes too long (it was like 10 or 12 minutes!). i agree about mike huckabee. i love it when politicians are really good sports (obama appeared before the strike as well). i know it's SNL's job to make jokes/statements about politics, but i found tina fey's little rant about hillary clinton to be uber-annoying. it's one thing to poke fun (when it's actually funny, or even when it's not; ie the obama-clinton opening skit), but it seemed like she favors clinton and i really hate it when people try to shove their politics down my throat. all-in-all, i thought the episode was weak. i expected more coming back from the strike, considering the amount of stuff that happened during that time period that could have been used.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I think that SNL goes with who would look most like the character than their actual race. Fred definitely looks more like Obama than Keenan would. Keenan does a great Al Sharpton
janneth janneth 9 years
Maybe Chuckabee should play Obama...Seems like Chuckabee really loves being on tv shows. He is great on Colbert, and I thought he did ok as one of the "others' on Lost last week.
loveisinbloom loveisinbloom 9 years
I agree about Mike Huckabee, it's nice to see a politician who has a good sense of humor. Great skit!
peepshow peepshow 9 years
a) The skit wasn't funny, but I think Armisen was a good choice. I mean, the only black male cast member left is Kenan Thompson- who definately doesn't resemble Obama. My husband even said- He sounds just like him. I think the casting definately works. Mike Huckabee- AWESOME.
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
i think Armisen got his mannerism down but over the skit was very poor but mike huckabee was great. still doesn't get my vote but he was entertaining.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
I think he did ok.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
Oh, darn! I forgot to watch last night. He looks alright in the picture.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Ok, that Huckabee skit was hilarious. Don't agree with that dude about much on his political agenda, but the guy has a good sense of humor.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I liked Darrel Hammond as Clinton b/c he watched enough tapes that he picked up on the essence of Clinton's charisma - the jokes were no longer 'haha, Clinton jogs to cheeseburgers and eats them' and became much more about his slow drawl and schmoozy nature... same with George Bush and Will Ferrel, it was down to his nature/charisma, so rather than joke about things that actually happened, they could take him into all sorts of oddball situations and act like the pres still... I think that physically Armisen had a good Obama, in his facial expressions and in his arms being somewhat gangly... but ultimately he doesn't seem to get the essence of Obama (even when frowning).
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