BARACK OBAMA VERSUS “A BILL”
By FITSNEWS || Saturday Night Live (SNL) hasn’t been doing much political content lately, but it get back into the game in a big way with last weekend’s opening skit.
In response to U.S. president Barack Obama‘s dubiously legal executive orders on immigration, the long-running live comedy show spoofed the famous “I’m Just A Bill” song from decades ago – portraying Obama as a bully who violently suppresses legislation and uses executive action to get things done.
The hilarious skit was a parody of Schoolhouse Rock! , the hit ABC show green-lighted in the early 1970s by future Disney CEO Michael Eisner. For those of you keeping score at home, “I’m Just A Bill” was originally recorded for the U.S. bicentennial back in 1976 – when the national debt was $620 billion dollars and there were only around one million illegal aliens in the country.
How things have changed …
In the SNL skit Obama (portrayed by Jay Pharoah) repeated shoves “Bill” (portrayed by Kenan Thompson) down the steps of the U.S. Capitol as he explains to a young student that executive orders are how things get done in Washington, D.C. these days.
Of course even Obama’s trusted executive order (portrayed by Bobby Moynihan) is shocked to discover that he’s no longer being used to declare holidays or create new parks – but instead to “grant legal status to five million undocumented immigrants.”
In case you missed it, here’s the clip …
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Long a tool of the far left, the SNL skit drew rare praise from the far right.
“I actually can’t put it any better than Saturday Night Live put it,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said on Sunday. “The president is now claiming unilateral authority.”
The skit also prompted the left-leaning Washington Post to run “fact check” within hours of it airing – a highly reactive article which insisted Obama was “drawing a careful line” by “protecting the parents of citizens and permanent residents – people who could conceivably have a right to become citizens in the future given they are the family of lawful permanent residents or citizens.”
Social media recoiled at the obvious sop to the White House.
“Protecting (the) president from being mocked is not journalism,” conservative activist Elaine Hays tweeted.
Other Twitter users began mocking other SNL skits that did not receive a “fact check” from the paper.
Beautiful … not only was Obama mocked, but so was the liberal press corps that rushed in to defend him from ridicule.
Oh, for those of you hankering for a look at the original Schoolhouse Rock! clip, here you go …
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Pathetic.SNL hasn’t been hilarious in 35 years.
I’d agree but they still have their moments. Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood: https://screen.yahoo.com/eddie-murphy-snl-skits/mr-robinsons-neighborhood-000000373.html
You’re right,and Eddie Murphy was at his best on ,SNL .He made some awful movies.People don’t usually agree,but I thought Gilda Radner,was a true comic genius(and I had a huge crush on her)-http://vimeo.com/82820975
Never had a crush on her (really 9″, that may explain a few things) but you’re right, she was funny as all get out. BaBa WaWa, Rosanne Rosannadanna and Emily Littela are permanently ensconced in comedy legend and as funny today as they were 35+ years ago.
Heterosexual men have to protect their machismo,and don’t usually talk about another man’s looks and/or attractive personality.Women and gays usually feel free to talk about a woman’s beauty.I’m still in love w/Reese Witherspoon.One of her earliest movies,Freeway,was incredible.Not only is it a good movie,but she’s beautiful,and absolutely adorable.
I can hear President Obama telling an aid, “If I’ve lost Saturday Night Live, I’ve lost America”.
If only that were true. But we can keep hoping America is finally waking up. Nov. 4 was a step in the right direction.
SNL pretty much destroyed,McCain and Palin’s chances.TV can be a powerful thing.The JFK/Nixon Checkers’ debate was bad for Nixon,although I wouldn’t deny the claims that,Joe Kennedy stole it for his son..
School House Rock had to be one of the best things to ever come out of ABC Television. I’m just a Bill…And, but and or…Person, place or thing… I’ve played them all for my boys.
The SNL skit is pretty funny and the reaction is even better – with one or two exceptions (the Washington Posts being one of them) most pundits are agreeing that it hits home.
I wonder what Obama is doing tonight in Camelot….
But King Barry assures us that a prezzie can’t employ the EO for tax laws…you never know, President Cruz may eliminate the IRS with one sweeping EO…thanks for the precedent O King Barry!
Very funny indeed!
It’s not funny, but it is true, so score one for SNL. Too bad their mission is to make people laugh, cause they suck at that.
“SNL Gets it right…”
– No One Ever
So your deep legal erudition has determined President Obama’s executive actions to be “dubiously legal?” That doesn’t seem to agree with multiple Supreme Court rulings on executive power. Ah, but what do those black robe clad weenies know about the law compared to you, Sic?
EO’s are pure bullshit(regardless of which President uses them, they’ve always been dubious)…but any pretense that the clowns are for the Constitution over executive, or congressional, or court authority is pure poppycock.
I was a bi-partisan bill, up on Capital Hill,
Written up by Marco and John,
I was send to the House, where everyone groused,
And I was never voted upon,
I feel like I, have been through a lot,
I feel like I have paid my dues,
But now I’m used, to wipe crap off the ass,
Of some Tex-Mex eatin’ guyn named Cruz.
Scblues crying, losing hoap.
“losing hoap” needing soap ?
Six years for SNL to take a poke at the “Chosen One”. How cutting edge.
LMAO…FITS is is so intent on being loved by the pop culture…they finally tell this idiot sycophant it’s OK to take a shot at Obama…ain’t that nice…You ignorant [email protected]$$…you’re about 7 years too Late….
Gee, convenient memory…..Fits and others now complaining about Obama, sure weren’t complaining when Sanford issued an executive order telling commissioners to ignore the law passed by the legislature. Sanford’s actions were a Felony…..but of course Fits is always about the partisan agenda…..so much for consistent talk about the “rule of law”. The rule of law seems never to apply unless it fits (pun intended) an agenda. Conservative activist judges are OK with Republicans and “christian muslims”….no credibility for consistency.