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.


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  1. Steve - OH

    How Many people out of 300 million watch SNL.

    " Credited with raising a general perception ". Of whom? The three or four million that watch and the 1%' ers of the media. You know ....those that are convinced they know better than the rest of the country.

    Give it a break!

    September 12, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Howdy

    Obama needs to forget about Sarah Palin. Everyone does. Let's talk about the fact that John McCain doesn't have anything new to tell us, no "change" there! Obama 08!

    September 12, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. randy

    Since Obama and Biden is comedy should be right up his alley. Maybe he will do a community orgainzer bit, so everybody in this country with real jobs, can figure out what it is.

    September 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Potatohead

    Hope he brings MORE COWBELL!

    September 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Proud to be American

    This should be nice... we get to see more of the humorous side of Obama .... he is such a well rounded individual.

    Obama & Biden 2008!

    September 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. marcel

    I be watching SNL this weekend. Great move Senator Obama.

    September 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. NKC

    Johanna did you know what the Bush Doctrine was, I'll bet 99.9% of the poulation doesn't. Relax on the personal bias for a minute.

    September 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Cody

    Hey Matt, I really like it!
    OBAMA: THE BRIDGE TO NO WAR

    September 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Purple in a Red State

    Looking forward to this show...it should get the McCain camp all fired up again about media "bias". Are they getting a wax figure from Mdme. Tussauds to play McCain?

    September 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. ber6964

    The Voice, the voice ooffff Palin is very annoying........ grating........whinnnyyyyy....

    September 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Terry

    I hear that Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews will be on all fours playing Obama's poodles in a sketch.

    September 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. bridgette

    Yea I think we needed to lighten up a little bit. It is getting a little crazy which is to be expected. That is why I love the Daily Show and the Stephen Colbert show. It talks about the issues but in a funny way. Shows how crazy we all are. Then maybe we can get back to issues.

    September 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. L. MIAMI, FLORIDA

    THE WIRING IN GRANDPA MAC'S BRAIN IS VERY DAMAGED ,
    LIKE AWOL BUSH ===OLD MAC WANTS = WAR WAR WAR !

    GRANDPA MAC AND PALIN === MORE OF THE SAME !

    THEY ARE SCARY !

    NO MORE WARS ,

    NO MORE COVER UPS ,

    NO MORE REPUBLICANS DESTROYING OUR ECONOMY !

    NO MORE SAUDIS CONTROLLING OUR ENERGY COST !

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !

    GO OBAMA / BIDEN

    September 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Luis

    Perfect forum for a clown.................

    Vote McCain or join the insane

    September 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    YES I did notice that Palin was high strung AND NERVOUS. Another reason to FEAR her coming inches away from the presidency!

    I AGREE with "Johanna not voting GOP" ........CNN IS PROTECTING PALIN........ MY QUESTION IS............WHY? ESPECIALLY SINCE THE ONLY ONE WITH.......BALLS..........CAMPBELL BROWN WAS DRAGGED THROUGH THE MUD FOR DARING TO QUESTION MCCAIN'S CHOICE!

    Having grown up a conservation woman, I CAN NOT believe that ALL conservative women will back this ticket! She is the mother of FIVE kids, and I believe.........as do MOST CONSERVATIVE WOMEN, THAT MOTHERS ARE NEEDED AT HOME........ AND ITS ONLY AFTER WE HAVE RAISED OUR CHILDREN THAT WE CAN PURSUE OUR CAREERS! I AM WONDERING WHY THEY ARE SO QUIET??????

    When the media was reporting that in a poll Obama had lost some support from women......... I was laughing since the women I KNOW...... who are supporting Sen. OBAMA, are NOT IDENTIFYING WITH PALIN......... SHE IS NOT.......NOT..........LIKE ANY.......WOMAN........I ......KNOW! I AM CONVINCED THAT SOME OF THESE POLLS ARE JUST MADE UP!

    September 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Done with Dems

    Musical guest

    Reverand Wright and the 57 States

    September 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Pat Lugo

    I’ll tell you what’s funny…the fact that Palin could be representing our country someday, a person who knows very little about foreign affairs (nice scripted answers last night)….who is being investigated for abusing her power and has a daughter preparing for her “shotgun” wedding…this is only going to get better…….PLEASE……forget SNL…….this is an INTERNATIONAL JOKE…………

    September 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Kiley

    Sad that there are enough 'useful idiots' who would allow themselves to be manipulated by this appearance. Seems that the same people who claim we need to focus on the policies (although 'change' is not a policy), will hope that this contrived PR event would matter to folks. Young/old, black/white, male/female, funny or not, this is not nor ever should be a personality contest. It hasn't helped any country historically when they elect their leaders based on charisma...

    September 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    It can't possibly be any funnier than watching the Uhbama/Biden vaudeville act in real life. SNL doesn't need a script with these idiots.

    September 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Dean

    I wish the Republicans would start talking about issues rather than hiding behind Palin's skirts. I am so disgusted with McCain's campaign now.

    I'M MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!

    Enough is Enough!

    I'm actually ashamed to be an American right now! That's right Republicans – I am ashamed. Thank you for that.

    September 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Whoever plays Palin, please make sure you repeat the lie that Iraq attacked us during 9/11, and the whole skit DON'T BLINK!

    September 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Denise

    I absolutely LOVE watching the skits SNL!!!!
    Obama/Biden '08

    September 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Pitbulls are the worst breed!

    Palin keep speaking. You thought a black president was scary, how about war with Russia!!!!!!!!!!!

    How are we going to pay for that????

    Where are troops needed going to come from?????

    Can anyone say DRAFT!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. John

    He needs to go away.

    September 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Michael

    Has anyone noticed how much Sarah Palin and Kathryn Harris of Florida have in common. Now there is a Saturday Night Live sketch

    September 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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