The show opened with a debate sketch that once again portrayed Barack Obama as a media darling, picking up where the previous week's sketch left off.
Hillary Clinton had referenced last week's sketch during Tuesday's debate with Obama in Ohio, saying, "If anybody saw Saturday Night Live, maybe we should ask Barack if he’s comfortable and needs another pillow."
In this week's sketch, impersonators of NBC's Brian Williams and Tim Russert interrogated Clinton (played by Amy Poehler) with a series of hostile questions, while lobbing softballs at Obama (played by Fred Armisen). When the skit ended, the announcer introduced an "editorial response" by Hillary Clinton herself.
Clinton: "The scene you just saw was a reenactment, sort of, of last Tuesday's debate and not an endorsement of one candidate over another. I can say this confidently, because when I asked if I could take it as an endorsement, I was told 'Absolutely not.' But I still enjoyed that sketch a great deal, because I simply adore Amy's impression of me."Poehler then appeared alongside Clinton, dressed in an identical brown suit. She mocked Clinton's laugh and asked how the campaign was going.
Clinton: "Oh, the campaign is going very well, very, very well. Why? What have you heard? ... Never mind, I am just so happy to be back in New York, even for a few hours. Tonight, I just want to relax, have fun, not worry about the campaign."Rudy Giuliani Appears on 'Weekend Update'
Poehler: "So no politics?"
Clinton: "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, from Rhode Island or Vermont, Pennsylvania or any of the other states, live from New York it is Saturday night!" (Watch the video)
Former Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani also made a cameo on SNL, appearing on "Weekend Update" to lament that his one major mistake was wearing a dress during a previous appearance on SNL a few years back.
"The Florida plan was solid, I stand by that." Giuliani said, "But the dress killed me. You hit the campaign trail and you talk about the economy, you talk about national security. And you can just feel people in the crowd thinking, 'I know, that's the guy who wore the dress.'" (Watch the video)If that was his one big mistake, then it was actually three big mistakes.
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SNL also weighed in on the presidential race with a funny animated cartoon by Robert Smigel portraying Barack Obama going to great lengths to distance himself from Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. (Watch the video)
See also: Barack Obama's cameo on SNL, and highlights from last week's SNL episode, including Mike Huckabee's cameo, and Tina Fey's endorsement of Hillary Clinton
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