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. Lorna, NY

    Democrats Should Be Applauding Obama for his superb Campaigning.

    By Connie Manes – September 11, 2008, 3:46PM
    It's time Democrats stood up and applauded Barack Obama for his superbly ran campaign.

    Obama came out of virtually nowhere, took on the DNC, the dynasty of Bill and Hillary Clinton, the religious right, the right wing media and political pundits and the media as a whole and he not only did that, he won the Democrats primary nomination.

    He's taking on a famous military POW that spent 6 years of his life in Hanoi
    prison cell, and has 30 years of political experience.

    Yet after all the attacks, all the name calling, all the personal
    accusations, all the lies made against him, all the jokes about his
    ‘change message’ and his great speech making – he is still STANDING
    TALL.

    Instead of we, so-called experts (myself included), telling him what he's doing wrong or what he should be doing - we should be applauding him and putting our trust in his good judgment – to go on and win this thing.

    After all - he and his crew have gotten this far without using our suggestions

    September 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. David Hill

    I really didnt think Obama was this desperate but I guess he is.

    September 12, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Rudy

    When all the Obama theatrics are over the simple fact remains the same. When evaluating Obama one only has to consider the views of members of his own party. Senator Biden made it clear that he was not qualified. Senator Clinton on many occasions and it different ways made it clear that Obama was not qualified. Former President Clinton was certainly the most vocal and factual when he declared without any doubt that Obama was not qualified. If your own party believes that you are not qualified, Obama's qualifications should no longer be in doubtt - its just that simple Obama is not qualified to lead this great country. As expected Biden, Hilliary and Bill's opinions are changing now - did they lie before?

    September 12, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Dave, Illinois

    He should feel right at home with other no-talent commedians. What an empty suit this man is!

    September 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Hill Supporter

    He'll do anything to win this election. If I were Bill Clinton, I tell him to take a hike; same with Hillary.

    September 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Pam

    To all you people slamming Obama for doing this...you do know that McCain has HOSTED-not just made and appearance, but HOSTED- Saturday Night Live, right?

    September 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. kaydeedee, nashville

    I question the wisdom of this appearance on SNL. Expecially if Sarah Palin is portrayed. Hope it doesn't backfire.

    September 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Rich

    This can't be good for Obama, even if it is funny and true. By appearing on Letterman after saying earlier in the day, "Enough is enough" (referring to the Lipstick controversey) and now appearing with even a fake Sarah Palin continues to make him smaller.

    September 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Tony

    Obama, you're not a celebrity anymore and this is just desperate.

    September 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Terry

    How can you possibly make comments about Palin when Obama has less experience then anyone on the ticket. You Obama people are amazing. CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE, THATS GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Trent

    I think Barack will mock himself! It is going to be great!!!

    September 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. MikeH

    They should have a Pinocchio nose for the Sarah Palin character.

    Who will play the part of Brad Hanson?

    And another thing, all these Republican trolls who make remarks about a teleprompter reminds me of Fred Thompson making the same critical comments – while reading from a teleprompter, caught on video, exposed by Bill Maher.

    September 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Melissa

    Maybe they could have Charlie Gibson acting all smug as Palin asks which version of the Bush Doctrine he was referring to – it has different interpretations to different people. Was he trying to play gotcha, or does he really not know the different aspects of it?

    September 12, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Lola

    I stopped watching SNL a few years ago. It is all politics, all the time. That's what the Daily Show is for. I miss the old school SNL when it was actually a funny show.

    September 12, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. LIP

    Wow! A lot of good it did Hillary to appear on that show. You will recall that Hillary lost.
    Lets hope that it does as much good for Obama.
    SNL does not elevate anyone to a higher level, but it does show how desperate someone can become to actually believe anyone of any intelligence watches that show. Look for the bounce on Sunday, but he hurricane will probably get more air time than Obama

    September 12, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Obama 08

    Am I the only Obama Backer who thinks this is a bad idea. If they poke fun at Palin its just going to further fuel this "sexist" movment. And on top of that this we need to get back to focus on McCain. I hope the script goes after McCain or I fear there will be backlash.

    September 12, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. check and checkmate

    Just fantastic, enough of the bovine scatology with the candidates we need facts and 3 debates aka, look good shows is not a real picture of the ISSUES. I say these guys both stink and their just stalling for time till the vote. I hope and demand hard questions and answers that address the issue and not dance around the question with BLAH BLAH YATTA YATTA....

    HILLARY CLINTON the real total package 2012 ;-)

    September 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Julie

    I say bring in Tina Fey, Megan Mullaley, Gina Gershon, & Julia Sweeney and they can all be different versions of the Stepford robot that is Sarah Palin. When one starts shorting out with "Thanks but no thanks, thanks but no thanks, thanks but no thanks" Christopher Walken can escort her out and bring in the next one.

    September 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Debbie in Missouri

    The Palin interview did not work out so well. She looked like someone trying to guess the right answer. She did not know.

    McCain made a mistake. We should not make the mistake of voting for him. Palin is just a heartbeat away............

    September 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Dude

    Can't wait for the "surprise appearance" of Obama on SNL that is being widely reported everywhere 2 days before the show. It will be a huge shock seeing him on SNL on Sept.13 after reading several articles about him being on SNL on Sept. 12. Wonder who is going to be on SNL tomorrow? I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for a suprise tomorrow, when the suprise is being thoroughly covered today. I can't take the suspense. Gosh, this is torture, trying to figure out the suprise guest on SNL tomorrow...

    September 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Carlos

    Have Americans forgot the history of the democratic party?
    The party of south, who created the KKK in 1908 to stop civil rights and any black american from run for public office?
    The party who took away two great bills of rights after the civil war from the republican party.
    The party that killed JFK and M. Luther King Jr.
    The party that attempted to stop segregation in the south.
    The party that stopped the civil rights bills introduction in the 1950's.

    Lets really read up on the history of the democratic party!

    September 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Celiberity is as Celiberity does........good political "surge" for Obama.

    September 12, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Anonymous

    NKC September 12th, 2008 11:30 am ET

    Johanna did you know what the Bush Doctrine was, I'll bet 99.9% of the poulation doesn't.
    --------------

    I didn't, and luckily for the rest of the country, I'm not running for VP.

    I don't think it's too much for a VP candidate to understand the dominant foreign policy stand of the current president.

    September 12, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Joe in NJ

    Truth Squad..? September 12th, 2008 10:53 am ET

    "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…."

    The big difference is that these guys were actors before they became politicians.

    September 12, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Dan Sczepanski, New York

    It's a sad state of affairs when a candiddate's appearance on SNL will get more attention than a real debate.

    September 12, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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