March 2nd, 2008
09:15 AM ET
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Live from New York, it's Hillary Clinton!

Hillary Clinton, right, and Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler, clowned around during the opening skit.

Hillary Clinton, right, and Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler, clowned around during the opening skit.

(CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met her match while appearing on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" to deliver the show's trademark opening line and provide an "editorial response" to a mock presidential debate.

During the opening sketch - which featured SNL actors playing Clinton, rival candidate Barack Obama and the debate moderators - Clinton complimented the performance of Amy Poehler, who regularly lampoons Clinton with her impersonation of the senator from New York.

"I simply adore Amy's impression of me," Clinton said, providing the cue for Poehler to enter the stage, wearing the same two-button brown jacket and sporting Clinton's medium-length, layered hairstyle.

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  1. LC

    As an OBAMA supporter, I am acutally glad she took a moment away from her divisive, mean spirited, Karl Rovian, fear mongering, poorly organized campaign to enjoy herself.

    March 2, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Lisa

    I thought that she was great. The opening skit was very funny. I am hoping that all goes well on Tuesday for her.

    Hillary 08

    March 2, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. sharon

    Maybe Hillary should take up acting, she is pretty good at being a comedian??????

    March 2, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Kirk


    March 2, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Larry Buchas, New Britain, CT

    I'm for Obama. That being said, Hillary and Bill have developed a niche with these political spoofs. They even make fun of themselves which everyone can enjoy.

    I thought their Sopranos take was well done. And her appearance last night was very good. How can anyone not like it?

    Hillary, I really hope you have a future in these comic stints. SNL needs some new blood and you would be a perfect fit. In fact, I would look forward to your hosting the show. You must admit, it's much more fun than filling a waitress position at Bob Evans.

    You go, girl!

    March 2, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Reality check

    While the nation can not even repeat Obama's middle name,, Hillary has shown the strength to take insults and personal painful attacks and still retain dignity and humor. Hillary is a true leader.

    March 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. penny

    this snl skit points out exactly why we can't have hillary in the WH. She is annoying and rude and will alienate many foreign leaders. Being first lady does not give her the experience needed for being president. Having Hillary on after the skit sure seems like an endorsement. Why not have both candidates on! Hillary is not funny.

    March 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Ed K.

    Good to see Hillary trying to stir up some of the youth vote but Obama has them on the Koolaid and most are too crazy with HOPE, INSPIRATION and UPLIFTING to realize how much this country needs her leadership.

    March 2, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Jack - Houston, TX

    This was pretty funny

    It showed Hillary's more human side

    March 2, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Annamica, OH

    CNN no offense, but where is the story on Obama and CTV? I'm yet to see one, and this is groundbreaking news! Wake up Ohio, Obama lied to us, use your intelligence and stick with Hillary!

    March 2, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. bond

    Clinton made her jacket from my 1979 recliner.

    March 2, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. sivananthi

    It^s good to see that the MEDIA is showing more neutral stories of Hillary Clinton rather than showing her as a negative person all the time....


    -Hillary 08.

    March 2, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Jackie

    Time for SNL, but no time to release tax returns?!?!? Shame on you, Hillary.

    March 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Mark

    Sense of humor = zero.
    Hypocrisy = 100%.
    Who really can trust this individual?
    We are not so naive!

    March 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Sam, Albuquerque, NM

    How scripted can you get? Well, I guess it worked for Obama so now Hillary has to try for the younger vote.

    Nice campaign, Hill. Are you sure you haven't pandered enough?

    March 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. yes she will

    Who says Hillary doesn't have a sense of humor? I thought it was great and the audience did too. Put that in your change pipe and smoke it, Obama!

    March 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Amy in Iowa

    Is SNL working for Hillary now? I am glad the voters nationwide will decide this race and not the NYC crew of SNL.

    March 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. NC Voter

    As an Obama supporter, I would have loved to see much more of this in her campaign, good warm hearted humor. She should not have listened to her campaign strategist.

    March 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. jessafina

    I'm just disappointed that SNL couldn't come up with something different from last week's sketch. It's fine if the want to endorse Clinton, but be original!

    March 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Miles

    I can't believe how one-sided SNL has become. They did this same sketch last week, and just repeated it with the real Hillary in tow. Between these two sketches and Tina Fey's pro-Hillary rant, they may as well put a Hillary for President banner at the bottom of the screen. SNL used to be an equal opportunity lampooner. It's a shame they've actually endorsed a candidate.

    March 2, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Veronica

    Hillary doesn't have time to sleep, but she can appear on SNL? She doesn't have time to do her taxes, but she has time to appear on SNL? Shouldn't she be out campaigning instead of being on SNL? That's NOT the kind of judgement I would like to see in a president.

    March 2, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. king from toronto

    glad it was short! glad it was'nt sweet.she's just not genuine.

    March 2, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Helen

    SNL did a good job showing how uncomfortable men are when facing a woman as tough and maybe smarter than they are. Good work! And for all of the young people out there who think they invented cool, or that cool only comes to those under 30 (oh, wait, make that 45) - guess again. Jack is cool, for example, and he is 70. Hillary was cool - by getting out the vote in Texas in the 70s, for example - way before most of Obama fans were even born. She is still cool, as SNL has shown, because she has been able to be her own candidate in the face of unbelievable bias and adversity. She can bridge the gap between ages, sexes, races, poltical parties....and hopefully, between countries. There is a tough road ahead and we need a tough girl in charge. Thanks, SNL, for leveling a playing field that has been all dug up by biased media boys.

    March 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. ilforobama

    Headline for tomorrow: "Clinton complains again about unfair media coverage"...

    March 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Texans Are Excited about Barack Obama - TAEBO

    Why is every article on here suddenly about Hillary Clinton. How about a balanced perspective?????

    March 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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