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Scrapped SNL skit mocks Obama for taking credit for bin Laden killing
The Daily Caller ^ | 5/6/12 | Gregg Re

Posted on 05/06/2012 9:49:30 AM PDT by Nachum

The Daily Caller has obtained a scrapped skit authored by comedian Jim Downey, intended for airing at the opening of last night’s “Saturday Night Live” on NBC.

In the skit, which was not aired, President Barack Obama addresses Americans soon after the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden — and the president makes sure to remind viewers that all credit for the raid on the terrorist leader’s compound belonged to him.

“I hope you had a safe and joyous first anniversary of his killing,” the president, portrayed by Fred Armisen, begins.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be at home this year, as I had to fly to Afghanistan, to remind President Karzai that, exactly one year ago, we killed Osama bin Laden, and that the decision to do so was a gutsy one,” the president continues. “And was mine.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bin; laden; obama; obl; osamabinladen; snl; snlskit
“I hope you had a safe and joyous first anniversary of his killing,”
1 posted on 05/06/2012 9:49:40 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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2 posted on 05/06/2012 9:50:34 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Since when did SNL obtain a sense of propriety ?


3 posted on 05/06/2012 9:51:32 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2

Since they got that call on the red phone.


4 posted on 05/06/2012 9:55:43 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Nachum

SNL took Axelrod’s call.


5 posted on 05/06/2012 9:57:27 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Nachum

When will Hollywood come up with a movie of the event, portraying Obama as leading the seals into the compound and personally firing the rounds that killed Osama?


6 posted on 05/06/2012 10:04:50 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Romney vs. Obama? One of them has to lose, rejoice in that fact, whichever it is.)
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To: Nachum

I think it is kinda funny they even had this as a script idea.


7 posted on 05/06/2012 10:07:14 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Fred Armisen is a great comedian! I wish he would consider doing the Pink Panther series and play Clouseau, he is a dead ringer for the late, great Peter Sellers.

SNL can not eat one of its own. Jimmy Kimmel ate Obama at the White House Press Dinner last week. Very funny!

8 posted on 05/06/2012 10:09:20 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter

He’s a terrible Obama—presumably by plan.


9 posted on 05/06/2012 10:10:33 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Nachum; All

Imagine how funny SNL is going to be again, after Romney is elected, when they can make fun of a President without fear of losing their jobs, or being black-listed by the Hollywood/Media Gay Mafia?


10 posted on 05/06/2012 10:10:43 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: UCANSEE2
Since when did SNL obtain a sense of propriety ?

Do you think they would have pulled the skit if it lampooned GWB or some conservative?

SNL was at it's funniest in the 70s & 80s when they didn't pull their punches.

11 posted on 05/06/2012 10:12:21 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Nachum
SNL already used up their one obiligatory dig at Zero with the Chinese President skit a couple of years ago.
12 posted on 05/06/2012 10:18:44 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Nachum

The skit sounds hilarious.

“Killing Osama bin Laden Day to a friend who happens to be Muslim, we should be considerate of Islamic cultural tradition. To many Muslims, phrases like Osama bin Laden “went dirt-napping,” or “assumed room temperature,” or “sleeps with the fishes,” can be offensive. Especially the last one, since, as we all know, he was buried at sea.

And of course, let’s all remember that heavy drinking, and Killing Osama bin Laden Day, are never a good combination. So please celebrate Killing Osama bin Laden Day responsibly. After all, it’s the “gutsy” decision.”


13 posted on 05/06/2012 10:19:01 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Nachum

NBC? Why am I not surprised?


14 posted on 05/06/2012 10:21:36 AM PDT by GOPJ ( "A Dog In Every Pot" - freeper ETL)
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To: Nachum

This weeks SNL was terrible, just terrible.


15 posted on 05/06/2012 10:21:50 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: UCANSEE2
Since when did SNL obtain a sense of propriety?

Since someone made them an offer they couldn't refuse? Remember those recent Ford ads featuring actual Ford buyers in a (staged) press conference about their purchase of a Ford. I read they had to pull the one in which the buyers said they had decided on Ford because it didn't take a gov't bailout . . .

16 posted on 05/06/2012 10:23:09 AM PDT by maryz
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To: UCANSEE2
Since when did SNL obtain a sense of propriety ?

They're like Larry Flynt, The Southern Poverty Law Center, and New York Times: they ONLY stomp on conservatives... Total bias.

17 posted on 05/06/2012 10:23:35 AM PDT by GOPJ ( "A Dog In Every Pot" - freeper ETL)
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To: Nachum

I may be wrong but I seem to recall the original idea was to try and take him alive and not kill him and that the killing was due to circumstances as they unfolded. If anything the killing meant to a certain degree the mission was a failure.


18 posted on 05/06/2012 10:27:28 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Nachum

SNL is still on?


19 posted on 05/06/2012 10:39:29 AM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Graybeard58

“When will Hollywood come up with a movie of the event, portraying Obama as leading the seals into the compound and personally firing the rounds that killed Osama?”

They did. It was called “Independence Day.”

Swap out Aliens for Islamic Terrorists.


20 posted on 05/06/2012 10:43:31 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Would you rather eat dog food or cat food? Guess it's Romney 2012.)
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To: Nachum

This was a funny bit they did shortly after the bin laden killing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoQz79gMlHA


21 posted on 05/06/2012 10:47:02 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: Nachum

Armisen has admitted that he and the writers are protective of Obama, due to their own biases


22 posted on 05/06/2012 10:58:01 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Mikey_1962

I disagree with you. I thought this week’s NL was very clever. There were some misses, as always, but all in all pretty funny


23 posted on 05/06/2012 11:05:44 AM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Mikey_1962

I disagree with you. I thought this week’s NL was very clever. There were some misses, as always, but all in all pretty funny


24 posted on 05/06/2012 11:05:58 AM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Hildy
There were some misses, as always, but all in all pretty funny

SNL is a pretty amazing show in that it has managed to stay witty and relevant for nearly four decades now with a nearly constantly changing cast. I know that many here don't watch it or like it because they feel it has a left-wing bias. Maybe so but they seem to skewer the Left as much as they do the Right. Now I've never sat and watched the show with a scorecard so maybe they do make fun of conservatives a little more but if they do, it is not that noticeable to me. I'll never forget one of the 1988 shows where they had a skit about a debate between Bush and Dukakis and they were just savaging Dukakis with no mercy at all.

Anyway, their comedy has always been hit or miss but it has always been topical and of the moment and that's what I like best about the show. Watching a SNL episode from years ago is like opening a time capsule.

If you have Netflix, you can watch every single episode from its premiere back in 1975. I've been slowly working my way through the shows in chronological order and I'm up to March of 1977. One of the skits I just saw was Jimmy Carter doing a radio talk show and walking a caller through a drug overdose - great stuff!

25 posted on 05/06/2012 11:20:37 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 4 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: Nachum
The Daily Caller has obtained a scrapped skit authored by comedian Jim Downey...

In the book, Live From New York: An Uncensored History Of Saturday Night Live either Jim Downey himself or someone else says about him, that he is a Republican. I'm guessing they obtained it from Downey himself.

$100 Jeopardy question: He is Robert Downey Jr.'s uncle.

26 posted on 05/06/2012 11:25:59 AM PDT by retrokitten (It took so long to see that truth was all around me. - Ray LaMontagne)
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To: SamAdams76

I saw that skit of Jimmy Carter. Hilarious.


27 posted on 05/06/2012 11:52:36 AM PDT by onona (RIP Levon, another good man gone.)
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To: maryz

I have tried to watch SNL but it seems everytime I turn in, they start off bashing Republicans so I turn it off within the first 10 seconds.

I have yet to see them attack or mock dems.


28 posted on 05/06/2012 12:10:33 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Graybeard58

No.... Obama will tee up an explosive golf ball, and chip-shot it to Osama’s forehead, killing him....


29 posted on 05/06/2012 12:21:28 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: SamAdams76
Maybe so but they seem to skewer the Left as much as they do the Right.

When Bush was in, they had a Bush or Cheney sketch pretty much every week at the beginning of the show. They led with Bill and Hillary sketches during the Clinton years.

I've checked out the beginning of the show this year, and it's usually about Romney or Gingrich and the other Republican candidates, not Obama or anyone in his cabinet. This week the top sketch was about "Fox and Friends" -- ooh, how daring to go after such a sacred cow!

The McCain family has a connection to the show, so they weren't this biased during the last campaign, but it's pretty blatant at least as far as the opening political sketch is concerned. I don't bother with the rest of the show. Maybe part of it is they don't want to make fun of a Black president, especially with a comedian playing him who isn't himself Black. I don't know.

Now I've never sat and watched the show with a scorecard so maybe they do make fun of conservatives a little more

If you're actually watching the whole show, if you can sit through Kristen Wiig's unfunny characters and monumentally boring routines, maybe you should do that and report back. Subjective impressions of fans don't count for that much.

30 posted on 05/06/2012 12:33:40 PM PDT by x
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31 posted on 05/06/2012 12:34:18 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: retrokitten

Check out “political views” on his wikipedia page. Apparently Downey was willing to make fun of Obama during the last campaign and got a reputation as a conservative. He wasn’t really, but he did give the show some equal time. FWIW, Adam McKay sounds like a real “piece of work.”


32 posted on 05/06/2012 12:39:33 PM PDT by x
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To: skeeter

I wonder how many W skits SNL scrapped? If it was any, it was because they replaced it with a more obnoxious one.


33 posted on 05/06/2012 12:41:22 PM PDT by citizen (Obama blames:arab spring,banks,big oil,bush,ceos,christians,coal,FNC,Jpn tsumani,T Party,wall st,you)
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To: Mikey_1962

Maybe the cast and writers stunk it up as a protest?


34 posted on 05/06/2012 12:58:03 PM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: Surrounded_too

my bad


35 posted on 05/06/2012 1:01:45 PM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: retrokitten
The Daily Caller has obtained a scrapped skit authored by comedian Jim Downey...

The question is:why would they get it from him? Has he had enough? I would think leaking a script will not go over well. He was just in an interview with Seth Meyers recently, and didn't seem at odds with what was going on behind the scenes. Was it leaked as a response to the show's politics, or out of anger because a sketch they wrote was turned down at the last minute?

36 posted on 05/06/2012 1:06:35 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (We don't have much time left)
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To: Mikey_1962
This weeks Since Phil Hartman and Chris Farley died, SNL was has been terrible, just terrible.

Fixed it.

37 posted on 05/06/2012 1:11:01 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Well; it this was a skit with GW’s name on it; we know it would not have been scrapped. . .


38 posted on 05/06/2012 1:58:29 PM PDT by cricket (Calling Marco Rubio; Allen West. . .because they are NOT afraid.)
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To: Captainpaintball

If he thought a funny skit he wrote was replaced by a less funny one for PC reasons, it might not have sat well with him.


39 posted on 05/06/2012 2:05:36 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Captainpaintball

Good question. He’s been at SNL for an extremely long time- I think off and on since ‘76, so he’s got to be used to scripts getting scrapped at the last minute. In the Behind The Scenes book, they start the week out with a ridiculous amount of sketches and they are cut all the way up until air. So it is weird for someone to be so upset over one being cut like this.


40 posted on 05/06/2012 2:47:23 PM PDT by retrokitten (It took so long to see that truth was all around me. - Ray LaMontagne)
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To: hattend

http://www.hulu.com/watch/2323/saturday-night-live-royal-deluxe-ii


41 posted on 05/06/2012 3:57:30 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: SamAdams76
One of the skits I just saw was Jimmy Carter doing a radio talk show and walking a caller through a drug overdose - great stuff!

I remember that one with Dan Akyroyd. I was only in my single digits when SNL first aired in 1975, but I watched it faithfully as a kid. I still remember a lot of the skits. I liked the one with Akyroyd as Carter at 3 Mile Island. He gets enlarged from radiation and ends up getting together with the black cleaning lady (Garrett Morris) who they sent in to mop up a "spill". Lorraine Newman was the distraught Roslyn Carter. There were some good moments in the Billy Crystal years, but I think the best cast other than the original was the Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, etc. years.

42 posted on 05/06/2012 10:32:54 PM PDT by beaversmom
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