Skip to comments.Yahoo! Writer tries to Defend SNL parody of Obama. Unbelievable!
Posted on 10/05/2009 10:28:53 PM PDT by maclogo
This weekend "Saturday Night Live" opened with Fred Armisen as President Obama, delivering an address from the Oval Office. Noting up front that he'd failed to secure the 2016 Olympic Games for Chicago, Armisen's Obama said it was just further proof that his detractors' fears are unfounded: How could he transform the country into something resembling the former Soviet Union or Nazi Germany when he's failed to accomplish anything at all? "When you look at my record," he said, "it's very clear what I've done so far, and that is nothing."
But are SNL's accusations of Obama being a do-nothing president accurate? Let's run down the list of the nine promises SNL lampooned President Obama for doing "nothing" on to see where he actually stands.
1. Close the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay: In one of his first acts as president...
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He must work for CNN........
His attempt to pull Obama out of this “light” is down right amazing!
Liberals are such whiners. They are a bunch of cry-babies.
Gotta love his last line in the last paragraph (guess he’s trying to let himself Off the Hook):
“So, taking all of this into consideration, are SNL’s satirical criticisms of President Obama’s do-nothingness valid? Probably not, mainly because, as illustrated by the old adage about how one shouldn’t watch sausage or legislation get made, the process of “change” and getting anything done in Washington is a long and messy one, and Obama is merely nine months into his term as president. But that doesn’t mean that Saturday’s SNL skit was humorless, which, for once, it most definitely was not.”
What was unbelievable was the lame effort put forth by Armisen. He didn't do the Obama impersonation anyway near the way he did it last year.
Their messiah is a fragile creation to be sure.
Wow. It’s staggering how threatened they are by a mere comedy skit on a show that few even watch anymore.
into his term as president..."
Heh... They are just putting to script what CNN did on their broadcast. Nothing unusual here... Both are complicit with the Democrats (regardless of their direction). A shame really since both would follow them off a cliff if necessary.
the skit was lame
I can’t believe the media reaction to this.
I had FOX on while I was doing something on the computer. It was the Greta VonSustern Show. Suddenly the screen went black and then came back on without any sound. At the right of the script at the bottom of the screen, a message came up that read, “misleading message” with a crest that said US Dept of the Treasury. It was really weird. I don’t know if the message was referring to a quote or if it was from an outside source. It was just weird.
Did you forget this?
At One With... Tom Morris.....Elliot Gould Sgt. Steve Brick.....Joe Piscopo Cpl. Peter Thomas.....Charles Rocket [ open on title card ] [ dissolve to Tom Morris ] Tom Morris: Welcome to "At One With..." I'm your host, Tom Morris. The Supreme Court recently ruled that homosexuals should be allowed to serve in the Armed Forces. To see how the military is adjusting to this ruling, we've invited a man who's been in the Army for the past twenty years. His name is Sgt. Steve Brick. [ pull out to reveal a frowning Sgt. Steve Brick seated next to Tom Morris ] Sgt. Brick, how do you feel about the recent court ruling on the decision for homosexuality? Sgt. Steve Brick: Well, uh, naturally, I didn't care for it. But it is the law! And, uh, we've gotta let 'em in, well, hell! We've gotta let 'em in! Tom Morris: But does the Army have any special plans for new homosexual recruits? Sgt. Steve Brick: We've decided that these people work to the best of their ability in their own environment. That's why we've formed a special Gay Brigade. Tom Morris: I see. Will their training be any different? Sgt. Steve Brick: Uh - a little different. I've brought someone along to, uh, show you that today's Army is not afraid to change. [ stands, walks over to a gay recruit, standing straight ] This is Cpl. Peter Thomas. [ leans into his face and yells: ] Thomas, are you a homosexual?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: Yes, SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: You ever have any heterosexual thoughts?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: No, SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: You ever read an issue of PLAYBOY?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: No, SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: What was that picture of BO DEREK doing in your locker, Soldier?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: That was NOT my locker, SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: Whose picture DO you have in your locker?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: Cary Grant, SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: Who else?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: Just Grant, SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: [ to Tom ] Obviously, this man is a homosexual. The next thing we like to teach them is: restraint! [ turns back to Cpl. Peter Thomas ] You're a homosexual?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: Yes, SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: Can you restrain those tendancies?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: Yes, SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: Are you sure?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: Yes, SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: [ with eyes popping out of his head ] Would you-ou-ou like to kiss me-e-e-e?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: No, SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: You mean to tell me you wouldn't want to plant your lips on mi-ine?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: No, SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: You wouldn't want to ram your tongue down my throat, Soldier?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: No, SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: [ turns back toward Tom ] This! Is a trained soldier! Tom Morris: Well, tell me - how can a soldier - it's remarkable - how can one soldier tell when another soldier is homosexual? Sgt. Steve Brick: Uh - that's really quite easy. Say I've pulled guard duty, and I come across Cpl. Thomas here. [ turns back to Cpl. Peter Thomas ] Halt! Soldier! Who goes there! Cpl. Peter Thomas: Cpl. Peter Thomas, Homo Number 4-5-6-7-8-9-6-2!! Sgt. Steve Brick: What was Judy Garland's first movie?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: "Pigskin Parade"! SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: The Mayor of San Francisco?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: Dianne Feinstein! SIR!! Sgt. Steve Brick: How many of the Village People are really GAY?! Cpl. Peter Thomas: TWO!! The others are imposters! SIR!! Tom Morris: Well, that is amazing! Now - the so-called Gay Brigade, where are they stationed? Sgt. Steve Brick: Fort Dix. [ the audience laughs in spite of themselves ] I - I'd, uh - I'd like to show you right now, Mr. Morris, how a homosexual soldier marches Tom Morris: Good. Sgt. Steve Brick: [ to Cpl. Peter Thomas: ] Thomas! March ti-i-ime!! Cpl. Peter Thomas: [ softly, as he marches in place ] Hut! Two, three -- Sgt. Steve Brick: I can't HEAR you!! Cpl. Peter Thomas: [ louder ] Hut! Two, three -- Sgt. Steve Brick: SING it for me, Soldier!! Cpl. Peter Thomas: [ singing loud ] "I'm in the Army, and I'm gay!" Sgt. Steve Brick: Left! Right! Left! Right! Cpl. Peter Thomas: "That don't mean I swish and sway!" Sgt. Steve Brick: Left! Right! Left! Right! Cpl. Peter Thomas: "I won't go down on anyone!" Sgt. Steve Brick: Left! Right! Left! Right! Cpl. Peter Thomas: "Uncle Sam is the only one!" Sgt. Steve Brick: Left! Right! Left! Right! Cpl. Peter Thomas: [ marches off ] "I'm in the Army, and I'm gay --!" [ Sgt. Brick returns to his seat ] Tom Morris: Well, thank you, Sgt. Brick. [ to the audience ] We'll see you next week on -- good night! [ dissolve back to title card ] [ fade ]
I wouldn't say that. Destroying the country, throwing tens of millions out of work, creating a massive national debt that is impossible to even pay the interest on, isn't what I'd say is "nothing".
0bama hasn’t done ‘nothing’. He’s succeeding in wasting much more money much faster than any previous president in US history.
Hey come on Eva... that comment sounds like you should be fitted for one of those aluminum hats. Does sound a bit strange - don’t ya think...hehe.
The skit was retarded and so is this Yahoo! yahoo.
That was my first thought: no work on the voice or stutterings, etc. Very weak.
Tells me that fear plays a part and that's not a healthy sign in a free society. I wonder if he can do Hugo Chavez? Or if he'd be willing to do it in Venezuela?
I noticed the writer stopped at #9 and made no mention of Obama’s failure to secure the 2016 Olympics.
It was Armisen impersonating Armisen. His Obama was dead-on accurtate when they were mocking the stupid Presidential debates.
Was that label, “mis-leading comment” part of the show? Was it just a coincidence that the picture went black and came back without sound? I really don’t know what to think. It’s way too conspiracy theory for me.
Sorry...should not have said that. There is always a chance of something obtuse...but I doubt that it occurred here. Probably just a technical problem (I would hope).
Of course with all of the strange things happening today, you never know...
By nineteen months, Obama will have an 'entertainment czar' and there will be no 'Obama comedy' allowed. Bush and all Republicans, will however, remain safe targets.
Of course, in nineteen months; we can only hope that we can still manage a smile; much less, find anything to laugh about. (Meantime; during this brief downtime; where SNL would even consider a slight criticism; why not get Obama's shorts in a knot; and those of his fans as well. How about a skit showing that it was not Bush's fault; but rather the size of Obama's ears that turned off the 'good will' and the Olympic 'gold').
It would’ve been funnier it they use a telemprompter and mechancial voice box to “read” the speech.
The skit WAS lame. It was dull. It tried to reinforce lefty tropes.
Attacking the President from a left-wing viewpoint is better than nothing I guess, but it was sad TV.
I don’t think Obama is a competent socialist, but there is no doubt about his goals and objectives. Philosophically, the Community-Organizer-in-Chief is somewhere between a national socialist and a soviet socialist. I thank God every day that the evil thug ACORN and the dead elected is not as capable as his redistributive supporters dreamed.
Too bad Armisen didn’t acutally imitate Obama’s voice an mannersims. He seemed to be avoiding them. It would have made the skit even better.
He’s bad, but if you think he’s the worst ever, you haven’t been watching long enough.
it doesn’t need to be defended...it’s called comedy.....but in this case, it was mostly true....
The king is naked.
[It was dull. It tried to reinforce lefty tropes.]
That is what I got out of it after seeing in on YouTube.
But my wife and I both said the same thing - they highlighted the regurgitated crap that Libs want to see, but they didn’t emphasis the crap that he did accomplish ($800 billion debt for my unborn grand-children, nationalizing 2/3 of the American automobile manufacturers, polarizing the race debate over a beer, etc...)!
And then the part that jumped out at me was the total lack of effort on the actor’s part. It would be someone playing charades by saying, “Yeah, you see; you see?” in their own voice, and expecting everyone to know who he was mimicking! Even if they do know, it detracts from the fun of the game and REALLY softens the punch at the person to which they are referring! This was, “See, we are poking fun; kind of.”
When Fay was trying to excoriate Palin, she did everything she could to sound and mimic her every move; to the point that even “journalists” are saying the Palin said, “I can see Russia from my house.”
Agree that Totus should always be included in any paraody of Obama making a speech; or even making a decision, for that matter. (Wonder if Totus plays basketball. . .)
Think Totus' feelings must be hurt, as it seems that little attention has been paid to Obama's teleprompter as of late.
Did Totus go to Copenhagen? Sad; don't recall it even being mentioned/sigh. Perhaps I just missed this being noted by MSM.
Secondly, we only WISH Obama had done nothing. he’s gonna run this country into the ground. His health plan is a joke, why do you think people came here for years from the other countries with socialized medicine for things like cancer treatment? Because they did not treat it in their country other than maybe pain meds to make the patient more comfortable and urging them to commit doctor assisted suicide. Once obama care comes in, you better pray you never get anything worse than a common cold, because if you do you will not receive care. Why? Your doctor will be penalized financially if he even so much as sends you for advanced testing that will show what is wrong with you. And it will be illegal to have any other insurance that might provide you better care. But you can bet rich cats like Obama won’t be on the same care plan as you. Whatever care they need will be provided either under some extra special care plan for special people like past presidents and members of congress (I’m sure there will be one for them), or if they’ve not managed to weasel in on a plan like that, they can afford to pay for needed care out of pocket. It will be us poor working schmoes that do without MRI or other needed tests and advanced treatments. Just like every other socialized medicine country.