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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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. Bill, Alabama

    It does not matter who they pick to play the role of Sarah Palin. The American peope don't know who she is any way because of the way that the Republican party has hidden her true ideas and feelings behind the rhetoric that they ask her to quote in public.

    Its all about the spin, folks. You never really know a politician until they take office, and then its too late!

    September 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Patty

    Did any of you realize the pressure Palin was under? and not just the interview – she was going to see her son off. what is wrong with you idiots. Obama should get a job on SNL – his comments last night at the forum were almost the same as McCain and did anyone notice that he agreed the US did the right thing after 911 to go after who was responsible – so to me that means he agreed with the war.

    September 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. jadedat51

    Jane Curtain as SP?

    September 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Bob from Richmond VA

    Watch it SNL – anything but glowing praise for Palin and McCain will be crying sexism!!

    September 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Phil

    Holly-wood, Holly-wood! I'm sorry, I mean, "O-bama, O-bama!"

    September 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Spirit of America

    caricatures like this is playing with fire and obama would be well advised to resist the temptation to ridicule palin on SNL. The Clinton gig worked because is was Clinton herself joking with faux Clinton. So why not repeat that duo (the real and mimicked palin; the real and mimicked obama; etc). Any other combo will backfire, big time.

    September 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Terry

    Maybe they will build a big stage for him.

    Mc Cain / Palin 08/12

    September 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. NoDumbA$$ Cheesehead, WI

    Oh the pain of irony is running down my spine.
    Please some one explain to me how
    Palin: Iraq war 'a task that is from God'
    Is different from the mindset of an extreme Muslim Jihadist?

    September 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. undecided in ohio

    It is now clear that McCain is showing signs of dementia and Palin lacks the experience and knowledge required to lead our country.

    September 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Sam

    It is funny to watch Obamatrons poke at Palin who is a VP candidate... They simply reinforce the negatives of Obama who is a PRESIDENTIAL candidate...

    And then they claim unfairness!

    Hilarious Irony bordering on insanity currently in the democratic party... It's over.

    September 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Pennsylvania

    Sounds like something Obama would do. He has been an actor so for in the nomination and election so far anyway.
    He does not want to go to rural areas and campaign, but wants to try and communicate to the 18-30 year old crowd all the time.
    Thats fine, but do not be stunned when the rural, blue collar crowd does not support you when you never come ask for our vote.
    We are not bitter, we are voters. Obama does not relate to average Joe 6 pack, because he is not one of us.

    September 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Pam

    The first time I saw a picture of Palin I thought SNL would get Tina Fey back to play her. They could be sisters.

    September 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Frank – OMG. "soul train" "Curious George" (i.e., saying he looks like a monkey?) I keep hoping our country is beyond this racist BS.

    Randy – even your poor excuse for a candidate admitted last night the value of Community Organizers. He didn't have the honor to apologize for the disgusting criticisms of his running mate and others but he said how much he respected community organizers and Obama's specific work.

    September 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. MJ

    Hopefully he will have a script set up on a telepromptor so we won't have to listen to him stammer and stutter his way through the show.

    September 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Ken

    Obama's campaign is nothing more than a SNL skit, just like a bad comedy.

    September 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. CHANGE = OBAMA

    McCain lies.
    McCain policies are the Bush Legacy.

    September 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Chuck

    Like I don't see enough of this loser on commercials? Guess SNL needs ratings.

    OY!!!

    September 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Paul

    CNN is becoming a joke...Obama on SNL and you post a picture of the Dem that now supports him...I guess we know who your 2012 pick is...UNREAL.

    September 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Mary

    Oh yeah, I will ABSOLUTELY vote for Obama if he's on SNL, that how I always choose my candidate...

    September 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Mr Celebrity!!!

    September 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. John

    Rockstar!!! I was going to vote for him but all he is worried about is popularity.
    McCAin/Palin

    September 12, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Geoffrey Giordano

    Gee, no nasty Dem attacks here, eh? You guys are so above-aboard and beyond reproach, obviously. You'd never resort to the inane harangues and gibes, right ... you're all about quiet dignity and firm, mature leadership. It really shows on strings like this.

    September 12, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Brian Rich

    Man would Tina Fey make a great Palin. She has just the right attitude to caricaturize Palin.

    September 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Chut Pata

    The only reason Sarah Who was selected was, so that the neo-cons can play the "Victim Card" by pitching a white woman against a black man.

    To ensure, they picked the most corrupt governor of the smallest state so that she may be questioned for both corruption and experience, then the "victim card" would be played.

    To further ensure, they made her go on a ride of blatant lies and attack Obama so he may get angry and subliminal message of OJ may be installed in the minds of the fools. It is no co-incidence that OJ trial is being set for these days and given prominance.

    You may fool the neo-cons but they will vote for McBush anyway. So what is the point? I guess you are fooling yourself.

    September 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Will Kevin Nealon be back to play Biden?

    September 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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