The ongoing issue of President Obama’s refusal to release his long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate got a comedic jolt in the arm last night during the opening sketch of “Saturday Night Live,” which featured a call for Obama to finally make it public.
The NBC program premiered a skit in which Obama, portrayed by comedian Fred Armisen, was campaigning in Las Vegas this weekend for Sen. Harry Reid, played by Paul Brittain.
“Neither of us is very popular in this state,” Reid confided in the president before addressing a crowd of supporters in the parody.
“I thought I was,” responded Obama.
“It would really help if I could put some distance between us,” muttered Reid, alluding to Obama’s plummeting popularity and not wishing to be dragged down.
This isn’t the first time “SNL” opened its show poking fun at the president’s actions.
Last November, the show scorched Obama over his economic policies including health care, “Cash for Clunkers” and borrowing billions of dollars from China.
An opening skit again featured Armisen portraying the commander in chief, this time at a news conference with Chinese President Hu Jintao, played by Will Forte, who spoke through an interpreter, comic Nasim Pedrad.
Hu began by asking Obama about the success of his economic stimulus.
“I’m curious. How many jobs has it created?” asked the Chinese leader.
“None,” answered Obama. “But our health-care reform plan, we’re confident, is going to lead to enormous savings.”
“How exactly is extending health-care coverage to 30 million people going to save you money?” Hu asked.
“I don’t know,” admitted Obama.
The foreign leader also ridiculed Obama’s “Cash for Clunkers” car-incentive program, and issued a warning about the money the U.S. owes to China: “Just so there is no misunderstanding, you are not allowed to pay us back in clunkers.”
“I assure you. You’re going to get your money,” stressed Obama.
Sensing he was being lied to, Hu through his interpreter asked a similar question three times, including: “Do I look like Mrs. Obama? Then why are you trying to do sex to me like I was Mrs. Obama? Just do it. Get it over with.”