September 12th, 2008
12:47 PM ET
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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
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  1. Nancy

    Obama is a natural. Will be very "scripted" for the Palin look alike. You know, the same as usual. Who will play McCain; Elmer Fudd???

    O8AMA

    September 12, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. M.B. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    Oh nice :D really good chance for Obama to boost a little bit his polls.
    It's really depressing to see the -again- growing stupidity in America...

    I mean come on... during the WHOLE RNC there was not a SINGLE Prime-Timer who spoke about economy, nor did Sarah Failin or McSame...So tell me HOW can a majority of people that were polled think Mr. "I don't know anything about Economy" McSame was better in handling the economy-issues. Actually, a majority of potential US voters are nothing but BLIND IDIOTS and I hope Obama will soon jump up the train to white house again!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT
    I'm looking forward to his cameo tomorrow. Hope he can do it very very well and take some media attention away from the cocky wacko, Sarah Failin is

    September 12, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Vic of New York

    A really great sketch would be to show Sarah Palin answering her "interview" questions with ABC.

    Republicans: not to get your backs up, but you REALLY need to think whether you really want this woman as the back-up to a 72 year old President. She may be all of a fire-breathing christian conservative – but think of who your are suggesting to put up against Putin, Chavez and the rest of the wildmen out there.

    September 12, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Truth Squad..?

    Oh, before you republicans all go blasting Obama's "celebrity", don't forget that reagan was a famous actor, Fred Thompson is an actor (a terrible one at that) and so was Arnie....

    Hypocrisy = BAD

    McCain/Palin = BAD

    September 12, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Stud

    I love SNL. Can't wait to see the new show.

    September 12, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. obama all the way

    Can't wait to see it!!! It will be laugh out loud funny!!!!
    My bets are on Tina playing Caribou Barbie :)

    September 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Mickey Dean

    what's the difference between a pitbull and effective diplomacy?

    lipstick.

    September 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. C from GA

    Hey, I saw a Palin lookalike in the Walmart parking lot in Central GA the other day! Had the lipstick, the SUV and 6 kids!

    September 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Bruce

    I hope Obbama gets a chance to tell people in a funny way how he plans to make real change. Make it easier to find a job in a new energy industry that will move USA from the TRAP of OIL DEPENDANCE.

    This country is in need of real change not silly campain slogans.

    Most of all we need to avoid being distracted from the issues fighting about what shade of lipstick the pig should wear.

    September 12, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Spencer from VA

    A lil humor can't hurt.

    September 12, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Female Voter

    SOUND OFF!

    September 12, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. K.

    Yea Obama needs to show once again that he has humor amongst the smearing and demeaning republican attacks.
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 12, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Former Hillary Clinton Supporter

    Good ! I think that its important to laugh.Hes got a great sence od humor and maybe snl will get on how funny mccains rallys that he need his v.p. to get a croud. Thats says alot about him.....
    Go Obama!!!

    September 12, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Bobby D

    How Presidential.

    September 12, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Jeremiah

    A celebrity being supported by other celebrities.

    Thank God people are wising up and supporting McCain/ Palin '08!!

    September 12, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Jerry in Boston

    How much do you want to bet that the McCain camp has a complete sense of humor failure about this appearance?

    I can imagine the fake indignation already.

    September 12, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Enough !!!

    Barack is very likeable. SNL fans would't mind seeing his face every now and then on their favorite show. Imagine Mc Shame and that atmosphere of anger he would drag around his persona ... eewwww

    September 12, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Todd

    I hope just hope that they don't miss out on the perfect opportunity to have Barrack play the role of voice double – The Rock! I mean, can you image how funny it would be see Obama in tights, adn doing the people's eyebrow, etc??? Heck, I'd vote for him to see that!!!!

    September 12, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Tired of W, OH

    I'll be watching, but I think that Obama should stay as far away from any mention of Palin as possible. It just gives the McCain camp more ammo. They've already demonstrated that they can make issues out of nothing.

    September 12, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. RH

    It's not the Republican party... It's a circus.

    September 12, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Uh-Oh.

    The Republicans will start shedding more crocodile tears if they make fun of Palin.

    September 12, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. mcbush!

    it's not a surprise if you tell us about it first !

    September 12, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Sweetie

    I hope they do a Skit on how Obama can't make a decision!

    McCain/Palin-08-In a Landslide!

    September 12, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. mommydiva79

    Hopefully, Lorne will hire a Black man to play Obama instead of dressing someone up in brown makeup. My goodness, there must be some struggling actor out there with brown skin willing to be on SNL!!

    September 12, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Kelly

    Watch out, Lorne Michaels gave $2300 to McCain's campaign.

    I expect some toothless comday abotu her, meanwhile they will try to portray the Dems in an unflattering way.

    September 12, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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