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. Marty

    Obama is what he is. Wait, what is he anyway?

    Certainly NOT presidential material.

    September 12, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. yen

    Obama and his supporters should never show, say or do anything negative about Palin. She is there as a distraction. Wherever he goes he should expose McCain represents Bush's failed policy. How can he bring change when he is a war loving person. To vote for McCain is = to vote for Bush. What a disaster.

    September 12, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Lady

    ================Who Cares????============

    =======does anyone in the america Cares for "Health Care"??===

    September 12, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Jon151

    I can't wait to see this, Obama is a really funny guy so seeeing him on SNL should be killer! :)

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08'

    September 12, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Carlos

    What has happened with Obama?
    Why is he afraid of town hall meetings with McCain?
    Why return to slander to promote yourself?

    Shows very little confidence!
    Last nights appearance showed many flaws in Obama, studdered and struggled with words and showed lack of experience.
    Good ideas with no direct solutions. To general!

    September 12, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. lynn

    Let's be honest; this election has become nothing about policy, leadership or country first. It has become all about sex and race...better an incompetent, lying woman than a visionary leader who is respected world wide but is biracial.

    September 12, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Rob Weiss, Tucson, Arizona

    Here we go again....trying to get Obama back in the spot light after it was shifted to Palin. What is worse, SNL has to help out. I seriously doubt that you'll see McCain or Palin invited in the show now.
    As it is, Obama gets enough TV time with the cherubic woman in Chicago @ Groucho studios. After all, it was Oprah who said Sarah Palin was "too white" to be on her show.

    September 12, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. mike

    The sad part is Tina Fay is more qualified than Palin.

    September 12, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    we all know the jabs and kicks are always in these elections. But not to the bloody stage. The Dems don't want anymore Bush stuff from the new nominies, and the Reps don't want anymore Billdo from years past. Keep it kind of clean. It only tears down what all of them are trying to build up...

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

    Who cares about the Bush doctorine! He is on his way out.
    Palin did not know it, but who cares. The new elected party wil burn the doctorine, and write a new one!

    September 12, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Good for America.

    Obama fits in SNL for good, can someone offer him a job there ?

    September 12, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. rodlang

    SNL would love to get the real Sarah Palin on the show...it would guarantee huge ratings. She could show them how to shoot a moose, unlike Dick Cheney who can only hit humans.

    September 12, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Doris,Memphis, TN

    I can not wait to see Senator Obama on SNL. He is very smart, good
    looking, and has a great sense of humor. To much is given, much is
    expected!

    September 12, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Jaime in Texas

    yeah, because he popularity is going down

    September 12, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Jimi NY

    Palin scares me . . . Her and McCain will be the WORST for this country. We would be better off with Bush for four more years . . . and that would suck. But at least we know what to expect. McCain looks like a monster and Palin is just plain pathetic.

    AMERICA . . . PLEEEEAAAAAASE DON'T VOTE FOR McCAIN AND PALIN.

    ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 . . . THE LOGICAL CHOICE!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. SS

    Yeah I watched Baby Mama last night and thought that Palin looked like Tina Fey...Good pick!

    September 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. LSC-Indy

    Definitely looking forward to it!! I agree, we need to lighten up. Unfortunately, John McCain's camp has turned this into a "Miss (and Mister) Congeniality" contest. Vote the issues!!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. David

    I think Obama would make a great regular cast member on SNL.
    Biden too!

    I would rather laugh at them on SNL than in the OVAL OFFICE!

    September 12, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. No friend to WAR MONGERS

    DID ANYONE KNOW THAT ALASKA LEADS THIS COUNTRY IN INCEST AND RAPE AND PALIN AGREED TO CUT A GOVT PROGRAM PROVIDING VICTIMS WITH RAPE KITS... THE VICTIM HAS TO PAY OUT OF THEIR POCKET...

    "THAT AIN'T CHANGE YOU CAN BELEIVE IN"

    SHE WISHES SHE WAS HALF OF THE WOMEN H. CLINTON IS... THIS CAMPAIGN CAN GO AFTER THE RURAL VOTE IF THEY WANT.. THEY ARE EASY TO PERSUADE... THEY DONT "BELEIVE" IN EDUCATION.... PEOPLE IN THE CITY PREFER LOGIC...

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08...

    September 12, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. joe

    Did anyone watch Palin last night on Gibson. The lady has no knowledge on anything, atleast Obama is so informed.

    How in the world did Mccain judge in picking Palin?

    September 12, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. heather4Obama

    Paylin on the Bush Doctrine....as Bush World View...oh my GOD is this a dumb one or what...tottally cannot do anything without a script. I can see her going to war with Russia and reading from a script. NOT ENLIGHTENED AT ALL...INDEPENDENTS THAT IS WHY WE NEED YOU TO BE INDEPENDENT...TO USE YOUR INDEPENDENT MIND AND VOTE DEMOCRAT...see y'all at the poll.

    September 12, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Frank

    It is my experience that people usually take the road of least resistance... therefore I believe that most would rather deal with OLD and PREDICTABLE than NEW and UNKNOWN. Specially when you are talking about who will lead the MOST powerful nation on this world.

    September 12, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. independent

    Obama declined McCain's offer to come for towhhall type debates.

    And he is ready to appear on SNL.
    Does Mr Obama think thats a better platform for conveying his message, or does he feel uncomfortable talking close to real Americans in front ?

    September 12, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    This is not about Palin folks. She's the VP candidate. Who cares! It's about McCain vs. Obama. It's about someone who supports nearly all of Bush's failed policies and someone with new policies to get this country back on track.

    Last night McCain tried to suggest that the country is on the wrong track because of Congress and that a new President (him) would get it back on track. Now that's funny!

    September 12, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. Big D

    All SNL needs to do for comedy is put McCain's lie-filled ads up next to reality ... except that it's not funny when it's real life, and my family is concerned about real issues.

    September 12, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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