Monday, October 8, 2012

TV Quote of the Day (‘SNL,’ on Obama Disengaged in Debate)

Mitt Romney (played by Jason Sudeikis) (Droning on about his platform): “Number 20…”

Jim Lehrer (played by Chris Parnell): (Interrupting): “Excuse me, Governor.  Mr. President?”

Barack Obama (played by Jay Pharoah) (Startled out of a reverie over how to make up to Michelle over forgetting her anniversary gift): “Uh, uh, yeah, I’m sorry—what’s up?”

Lehrer: “Mr. President, Governor Romney has just said that he killed Osama bin Laden.  Would you care to respond?"

Obama: “Uh, no. You two go ahead.”—Saturday Night Live, October 6, 2012, “Debate Cold Open” Skit

As hard as I laughed at this exchange, I howled even harder at Sudeikis’ imitation of Romney’s profoundly weird stare. Even the image here doesn’t do justice to the SNL star's dead-still, bug-eyed original.

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