Friday, October 03, 2008

Presidential Humor

If you're a weekly satirist like the guys and girls at Saturday Night Live, how do you crack a problem like Obama? Fred Armisen is fine, but he's physically implausible as Obama, as much for his build and the shape of his head as his uneven makeup. And unlike Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, Obama doesn't lend himself to instant caricature.

If Obama wins and SNL has to take on Obama on a regular basis, I think they need something as unexpected and inspired as Phil Hartman's take on Reagan:

I don't know what the corresponding conceit for Obama would be, but I would love to hear suggestions.

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