September 12th, 2008
12:47 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama set to make SNL appearance Saturday

Hillary Clinton's SNL appearance last year may have changed the dynamic of the primary race.
Hillary Clinton's SNL appearance last year may have changed the dynamic of the primary race.

(CNN) - Barack Obama may appear with Sarah Palin Saturday night - a look-alike of the Alaska governor, that is.

Obama is set to make a cameo appearance on the season premiere of NBC's Saturday Night Live, his second appearance on the sketch comedy show.

The surprise appearance was first reported by People Magazine. It remains unclear exactly what Obama will do on the show — but there’s a chance it could have something to do with the political world's latest superstar and headline-grabber.

Meanwhile, SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels is staying mum on who will portray Palin, but he told reporters in a conference call Thursday discussions are ongoing with Tina Fey, the SNL alum who some say bears a striking resemblance to the Alaska governor.

He also said he's hoping to tap former SNL cast member Maya Rudolph to play Michelle Obama.

The show has already left a mark on this election season, widely crediting with helping soften Hillary Clinton’s image during the New York senator's cameo last February. A series of sketches last season portraying members of the media in love with Obama were also credited with raising a general perception of unfair coverage of the two Democratic presidential contenders.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. Robert

    And now you're calling Palin a Super Star?? Her star is burning out because of the Trooper Schandal she created and the lies about her accomplishments.
    It won't be long and you'll be calling her and McCain "Has-Beens".

    September 12, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. INDEPENDENT NOW

    tina fey need I say more. The first thing I said when she was picked she was a dead ringer for Tina Fey. Obama is not that funny. I have seen him on othe shoes hes very dry, not like mccain or clinton. Mccain is great on snl.

    September 12, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Brenda

    I can't believe they're stealing not only the 'change' slogan but also the 'more of the same' slogan. Unbelievable.

    September 12, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Jerry

    Wow! There goes Mr. Clebrity again!

    It looks like my fellow Democrats are getting real desperate. I can't believe some of the idiotic comments that Senator NObama's campaign and supporters are making against Governor Palin or about Senator McCain's age.

    But look who is leading the charge: Oprah Winfrey, Governors Meg Stapleton and Janet Napolitano, Dianne Feinstein, Queen Pelosi, Kathy Castor, etc., etc., etc. I have lost all respect for the Democratic Party. And now, add more moron to the List: Former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee. One proven "wacko" calling someone he hardly knows (Governor Palin) a "wacko."

    The DNC, Senator NObama and his misguided, disrespectful supporters are the ones that are really out of touch. How can that be called "change We Can Believe In"? It should be just the opposite: "Change We CAN"T Believe In".

    The Democratic Party is being held hostage and Howard Dean and the rest just go along for the ride. How sad and discouraging!

    This situation would not be occurring if Senator Clinton had not had the primaries stolen from her and the Democratic Party not standing up to real democracy. At the least, Senator Clinton should have been offered the VP slot. It’s most difficult to accept the fact that Senator Clinton was not even vetted. To add insult to injury, Senator Nobama wants Senator Clinton and former president Clinton to do his dirty work and try and win over the voters that Senator Nobama and the Democratic Party disenfranchised.

    Senator Nobama, big mistake! And, what a shame.

    September 12, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. legacy

    that interview looked like a college student who was regurgitating what she crammed for a history test. No depths at all!

    September 12, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Grace

    This isn't opinion, this is fact.
    Time and time again, on the campaign trail, in press briefings and in interviews, McCain and Palin diistort the facts, flip-flop on the issues,
    pander,to the public, use the POW & Gender card, propagate myths they know to be FALSE and flat-out LIE to the American people.
    We must stop this.
    The only way to do this is by voting for Obama.
    Obama said -we can show respect to McCain but not our vote.
    We certainly don't want world war 111. We have seen the interview by McIdiot Sarah. She shown the world that she is not ready/suitable for the job.

    September 12, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Chris

    Fair enough for Obama.
    McCain's appeared on Jay Leno more times than he has houses, that's for sure.

    September 12, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. kristi-wa

    How fun. I can't wait to see Obama!
    And for the democratic party- you can roll a dice and any member would be trusted to be President or VP. They have the talent, smarts, and the vision of the future for all in this country. The Republicans future for this country are for the rich, and the white. I am so proud to be a Democrat.

    September 12, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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