GOP senator: Sebelius the 'laughingstock of America'
October 27th, 2013
02:21 PM ET
12 months ago

GOP senator: Sebelius the 'laughingstock of America'

Washington (CNN) - It appears Republican Sen. John Barrasso is a loyal viewer of "Saturday Night Live."

The Wyoming Republican referred to the NBC comedy staple as he called Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the "laughingstock of America" on Sunday morning, a day after the show parodied the glitch-fraught launch of the online federal health care exchange.


The opening sketch on “SNL,” featuring Kate McKinnon impersonating Sebelius, mocked the rough rollout of HealthCare.gov by poking fun at the secretary's repeated pleas to remain calm despite the website's error-plagued debut.

"Tonight, I have a number of friendly tips to help you deal with those technical problems," the Sebelius simulacrum said. "For example, have you tried restarting your computer?"

All jokes aside, Barrasso insisted on ABC's "This Week" that the skit - and Sebelius' response to the website fiasco - have compromised her leadership.

"She's lost considerable credibility," Barrasso said.

Watch the "Saturday Night Live" skit below:

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Fair is fair

    This is the best president the USA has ever seen! Now I'm laughing!!!

    October 27, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. Kim Bahnsen

    Given the antics of the Republicans I think they hold top billing for 'laughing stock of America.'

    October 27, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Geordie

    I don't think that she should be fired for technical glitches in the computer programs , however she should be held accountable for the content and policies of the ACA .
    Did she actually say that she doesn't work for the people that want to see her fired , callous and stupid statement and reflects the thinking of the President and Democratic party , hence the division in our country.

    October 27, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. emk369

    what I don't understand is why these red states don't fight tooth and nail to exempt themselves from the ACA. They just might win that battle. Leave the rest of us who want the ACA have it.

    .............we all know why they can not do that. Their constituents would soon find out what selfish people their representatives, their young people would exodus from those states leaving the old who would be insured out of their money coz those insurance companies would have their way with them!

    October 27, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. BDR

    Right behind you and the rest of the Republican party

    October 27, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    """"History will favor the ACA move and Sebelius will get credit for helping it off the ground. Sebelius knows insurance. She was stellar in her work as KS insurance comissioner and as KS governor. We just wish she could have stayed governor. Now we have Brownback and the state is practically in a tailspin. I doubt that she was given control of all the computer develoipment contracts for the ACA site. There are "people who do that sort of thing. If I do fault the administration is was that they did not reward the company that did the Obama campaign website with the ACA contract. They were marvelous""""

    I've heard nothing but Good about this gal, also....but the congress under the bonehead is going to grill her to death...She isn't nothing like the worthless Holder. No comparison....she's smart, he's a coward, + a dummy... (sorry CNN, I just had to say my opinion on him) But all sebelius has to do is hold steadfast, answer the questions, Just like 'ol Hill done....It will pass, don't let the bonehead thugs scare you.....( remember, that's what they are good at)

    Kathleen, ...my advice is : Stand Your Ground....it will pass.... it will take some time....don't worry about it....

    October 27, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. Catherine

    No that honor would be for her boss ...................... well if she has one (sigh)

    October 27, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. sonnie3

    K Sebelius has lots to explain on the train wreck obama care roll out. She just is not qualified to do the job. So she should look for other employment.. We need leadership qualities and anyone with the resume to do the job.

    October 27, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. anotherGDlefty

    It must be the first time he's ever seen SNL...didn't the teanuts call it satans handiwork when they were nailing the Wasilla hillbilly?

    October 27, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. middle america man

    Syphilis is more popular than the Republican party. None of them even realize how destroyed they are right now. It's over, losers.

    October 27, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. S. B. Stein

    I disagree. What make the US a laughingstock is that he can't get a budget passed. We argue among ourselves too much and have sides that don't understand what the leaders of the past were able to do (compromise and reach an agreement with people who don't share the same values. We don't have the friendliness that have been in past sessions of Congress which is sad because that helped move things along and shows the over influence of crazy pundits that have never held office and only care about their view point over the health of the country.

    October 27, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  12. HenryMiller

    Actually, I still get more chuckles out of Obozo.

    October 27, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  13. What's in that tea anyway?

    @Michigan patriot

    The whole administration is the laughingstock. The healthcare is a disaster, and we are just starting. Just wait the worst is still to come...
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    Yeah.....look at the polls/approval-disapproval, Now who's the laughing stock? Your party i.e the Tea fools are less popular than head lice and you have the temerity to spew your stupidity despite these facts(?) Really? ok...we'll what for the air to run out in your Right Wing Dingaling Bubble of yours. You are watching too many re-runs of the Faux and Fools.

    October 28, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  14. Thomas

    Tea Partner's Michele Bachmann / John Barrasso

    Love is never having to say your sorry 2016

    October 28, 2013 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  15. A True Conservative

    Oh, I don't know....she has competition – we have President know nothing....and the democrat voters who seem to be able to keep electing people like Elizabeth Warren who are outright liars. Can't forget 'ol "big deal" Biden – he's a winner, c'mon Joe, stand up! Oh and Al I know the temperature and weather han't matched our models in over 15 years, but I'm still certain than man is causing global warming that we can't measure Gore. The list goes on......

    October 28, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  16. Lol

    The laughingstock of the World – US

    October 28, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
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