SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS--Saturday Night Live is the place to be for political action tonight.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) made a surprise visit to NBC's Saturday Night Live show on Saturday, starring in a skit where she stood side-by-side in identical jackets with Amy Poehler, who plays her. "I simply adore Amy's impression of me," said Clinton as Poehler imitated her distinctive laugh.
"Do I really laugh like that?" Clinton said--with that laugh.
Poehler asked how's the campaign going? (Clinton has lost the last 11 contests)
"The campaign is going very well. Very, very well. Why? What did you hear?" said Clinton.
Clinton--who left the Ohio campaign trail to fly to New York to get ready for the show--told Poehler "no politics. But I would like to take this opportunity to say to all Americans, be they from the great state of Ohio, or Texas or Rhode Island or Vermont, Pennsylvania .(all states with upcoming votes)....Live, from New York, it is Saturday Night!"
Clinton appeared after a sketch where Poehler portrayed her in a take-off of Tuesday's Democratic debate in Cleveland where the SNL treatment made clear the writers thought that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was given powderpuff questions while Clinton was run over with a truck. During the debate, Clinton made reference to a SNL skit of last Saturday that dealt with media infautiation with Obama.
Clinton's two minute skit was billed as an "editorial response"
Political satire contains an element of truth and in a cartoon, Obama was shown to be going to great lengths to prevent Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson from being seen campaigning for him. He is shown--remember this is a cartoon--meeting with Jackson in a broom closet before sending him off on a phoney diplomatic mission and putting a dog collar on Sharpton that zaps him if he gets to close to an Obama rally.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani dropped his presidential bid in January and has endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who has not been on SNL for years. Giulianiappeared on SNL's "Weekend Update" segment.
"I would have done things differently," Giuliani said.
Specifically, what asked Seth Meyers.
"I've given it a lot of thought and realize that my one key mistake was years ago when I hosted this show and wore a dress. I really wish I could have taken it back."
So his mistake was not bypassing the early primaries?
"The Florida plan was solid. But the dress killed me."
Giuliani said his White House bid was like an SNL skit.
“It started strong, but you don’t have an ending.”