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. Johanna not voting GOP

    Wow, CNN are you protecting Palin. Seems like it? Nothing on the fact that she didn't have a clue what the Bush Doctrine is...

    Wow...

    September 12, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Mark

    Finally something that Obama is actually qualified for. After he loses the election maybe he should make a go at being an actor.

    September 12, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Church Lady = Palin

    Dana Carvey needs to come back to play Palin.

    Honest to God folks, when I saw her give her speech at the RNC, I thought it was the "church lady".

    My thoughts: Well, isn't that special...

    September 12, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Liam

    Think that they'll mention the fact that Palin's son is only in the military because he was given a choice of either that or jail? He was caught vandalizing school buses.

    September 12, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Brian, NJ

    Amy Poehler is not on the show anymore, who would play Hillary?

    September 12, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. C!

    YAY! I'll be watchin`.. I heart Obama!! =)

    OBAMA / BIDEN `08

    September 12, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Javid Radfar

    Well, it seems Mr. Obama doesn't have much luck in the real world, so he has turn to the world of fiction to save his campaign. Actually, a lame comedy show is the best place for Obama, since his campaign and agenda is nothing but a big joke.

    September 12, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. small town vermont

    Can we just give Obama his own network sitcom and be done this crap! We not voting for the next American Idol here folks-We are voting for the next US President!

    September 12, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Barbara

    Good – we need the laughs.

    At this point (in NC) the McCain ads are more of the same old lies we hear in his stump speech. Fear-mongering. I hate those ads. Don't want that negativity in our highest office.

    September 12, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. One Nation under God

    So women, did you know that when she was mayor of Wasilla, Wasilla was the only town that charged rape victims for their own forensic exams.

    And when Biden tried to put through the Violence Against Women Act that made it illegal to charge those rape victims, McCain voted against it.

    This is who some of you women have chosen to vote for? You must be kidding!

    September 12, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. mitchell

    cant wait. obama's just awesome wherever he goes. if he doesn't get elected this year, then the US is gonna be in a world of hurt,with no way out.

    September 12, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Deana

    This should be funny. I hope SNL doesn't take sides. They will, but I'm hoping they won't.

    September 12, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. John Kaleto

    "Superstar" Obama could be a regular cast member of SNL but it won't endear him any more to middle America.

    September 12, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. susie

    The Clintons have to win the election for Obama??? Obama can't do anything on his own! I have no use for the Clintons if they contradict what they have said about Obama in the past.

    September 12, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Obama/Biden '08

    To: Hillary 4 McCain/Palin
    “nothing can save obama now….
    If he had picked Hillary for VP, he could have won, but his judgement is not as good as he proclaims – chosing a washington insider who got about 2% of the primary votes instead of REAL CHANGE – the first woman VP who would have helped you win the election – shows you are NOT ready to be President”

    If you were a true Democrat to begin with and more focused on issues and not on gender, there would be no way you could honestly vote for the McCain/Palin ticket. You are what I like to call uninformed. Stop whining about Hillary not getting the nomination. She lost, get over it and begin to educate yourself on the issues that matter. Our country and our future lay in the balance. It is time for people to start focusing on what matters most, the economy, jobs, people losing their homes and our children and their education!

    September 12, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Tired of the great Obama

    God don't like ugly:

    That means what Obama did to Hillary to steal the nomination from her and what he now does to Sarah to discredit and trash her.

    Obama can only win by default. His MO is to eliminate the competition by any means necessary- then once he is the only one left, people are forced to vote for him and he can pretend he actually won an election.

    Obama has been blowing his own horn for too long. People are tired of his self-promoting self-serving theatrics.

    September 12, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Darnell

    Only because In Living Color and The Dave Chapelle show are no longer on.

    September 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Steve

    BO can be a good actor than president.

    September 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Obama, Obama

    more desperation by the Obama person? I must be wrong, I thought he was running for President –not VP? Did SNL ask Sarah if she wanted to be on the show? No? Oh, I forgot, only Dems are exalted by the stars! HEY–did anyone hear that Obama is on bended knee begging his old enemies, the Clintons, to pull him out of the quicksand? Who are the leaders here? OH NO–not the Racist Clintons?! (Dems accusations, not mine)

    September 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Peter

    It is appropriate for Obama's ideas to be broadcast on a comedy show. Later, when he has to walk through the rubble field of buildings destroyed by an al quada attack, he can say he was only joking when he said he was qualified to be president. Oh, the laughs we'll have then...

    September 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. no trickle down...

    Maybe they can ask the Palin character about the Bush Doctorine!
    *crickets churping*

    September 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Clay

    I'd love to watch SNL, but I don't have a tv because I live in a van DOWN BY THE RIVER!!!

    September 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    John McCain is getting beaten up pretty badly on "The View" as I type this. Those ladies are actually out debating him on issues.

    But, he is outnumbered 4-2.

    September 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Obama Same Old SNL Again!

    September 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. GLD

    Thanks for the insight EBC. Obama camp NEVER attacks. Heres the Dem strategy, straight from their mouths: "the Obama campaign is planning to sharpen attacks on McCain and Palin" and "Some Democrats have privately groused that Obama is attacking Palin and arguing that job should fall to Biden."

    Seems like attacking is the only hope of a now desperate campaign.

    September 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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