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Fred Armisen as President Barack Obama
“Saturday Night Live” has again drawn upon the ongoing issue of President Barack Obama’s refusal to release his long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate in a comedy sketch in which the “president” says he’s beginning to doubt his own birthplace.
The NBC program premiered a skit in which Obama, portrayed by comedian Fred Armisen, explains how he’s been suffering from Stockholm Syndrome – the condition in which captives eventually sympathize with their captors – after being “held hostage” by Republicans over recent tax law negotiations.
Armisen’s “Obama” then quotes Rush Limbaugh, extols the virtues of “trickle-down economics” and announces his plans to go on tour with Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly before making the following joke about his birthplace:
“In closing,” the “president” says, “let me reassure you that however long it takes, this nation’s current troubles will pass because you Americans never have and never will give up. I say ‘you Americans,’ because even though I always thought I was born here, uh, lately I begin to have my doubts.”
Video of the comedy sketch can be seen below:
This is not the first time “Saturday Night Live” has made light of the lingering uncertainty over Obama’s birthplace.
As WND reported, the comedy program previously featured the Obama character at a faux-campaign rally with “Sen. Harry Reid,” agreeing to “put some distance” between himself and the embattled Senate majority leader.
“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.
As part of the pair’s effort to create “distance,” Reid and Obama got into this exchange:
Reid: “On a number of issues, we have number of disagreements.”
Obama: “That’s right. We do.”
Reid: “For one thing, I don’t understand why, if you were born in this country, you won’t just show us your birth certificate. I mean, is that too much to ask?”
Obama: “You’re right! I probably should!”
Reid: “Just seems people have a right to know.”
Obama: “You make a good point.”
Video of the full exchange can be seen below:
Ironically, the first spoof aired just a few hours after a real-life rally was held at the U.S. Capitol, pulling no punches in declaring President Obama an “imposter” and “fraud” who should resign before a constitutional
crisis of his own making rips apart the nation.
The rally, as well as dozens of lawsuits filed over the last few years, question Obama’s eligibility to serve as president under the U.S. Constitution’s requirements.
Thus far, Obama has refused to release his long-form birth certificate, but only a “Certification of Live Birth,” a form that still leaves open the possibility that he was not born in the U.S. and, therefore, may not fulfill the Constitution’s “natural born citizen” clause.
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