SNL Protects Obama

SNL Protects Obama

I once read that at one point in world history the two most recognizable figures on the planet were not Jesus Christ and Muhammad, but rather Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Mouse.  It said that you could take a picture of Mickey Mouse anywhere on the planet – whether it was India, Chile, Zimbabwe, Siberia or Cambodia – and people would be able to declare the character’s name much easier than any other.  That was in the age of silent movies and comic strips… long before the Internet.  Today, thanks to advances in the world of communication, information and images are exchanged around the world at the speed of light and that has made a major impact on how we categorize the most recognizable figures on the planet.

Today, based on Google search results, the list looks closer to this:

1. Jesus Christ (665,000,000)
2. Michael Jackson (333,000,000)
3. Madonna (219,000,000)
4. The Beatles (205,000,000)
5. Barack Obama (196,000,000)
6. Muhammad (194,000,000)
7. Elvis Presley (176,000,000)
8. William Shakespeare (128,000,000)
9. Mozart (118,000,000)
10. Walt Disney (115,000,000)
11. Albert Einstein (109,000,000)
12. Buddha (105,000,000)

In modern times, both Mickey Mouse (58,600,000) and Charlie Chaplin (8,620,000) don’t even make it in the Top 20.  But what’s fascinating is how a relatively unknown Senator from Illinois in 2007, by the name of Barack Obama, skyrocketed into the Top 5 in the span of just a handful of months.


In fact, Vanity Fair went so far as to release an article in 2009 declaring that Obama was effectively the most famous living person in history (never mind at the time that Michael Jackson, Madonna and most of The Beatles were still alive).  The author of the article (and former Clinton Press Secretary), Dee Dee Myers, based her assertion that Obama’s story has international roots and that people all over the world were able to track his journey to the White House.

George W. Bush didn’t have the international roots and even after ten years since he took office, his Google results of 86,900,000 are less than half of what Obama has acquired in a fraction of the time.

The amount of references that exist on the Internet found in Google search results does help gauge the popularity of certain figures throughout the world.  That is true.  The question is how accurately?  Another source revealed some similar search results.

Wikipedia, an online open source Encyclopedia, compiles search results as well.  In 2009, the top most searched figures (excludes locations, websites and events) were:

1. The Beatles (111,896)
2. Michael Jackson (79,734)
3. Barack Obama (49,401)
4. Lil Wayne (26,210)
5. Adolf Hitler (25,481)

Again, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Barack Obama were on the Top 5.   George W. Bush was 18th on the list (18,964), right below Farrah Fawcett.

Evidently, Obama’s Cult of Personality has spread far and wide.  He’s clearly twice as much of a recognizable figure worldwide as George W. Bush.  And that being the case, wouldn’t it be safe to presume that material about Obama would have twice as large of an audience and double the impact than material about George W. Bush?  It stands to reason.  But missing from the world of entertainment is the lampooning of Barack Obama.  Why?

Don’t we remember George W. Bush being the subject of Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes on a nightly basis?  Wasn’t George W. Bush portrayed by Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live (“SNL”) every single week?  Weren’t there several movies and documentaries directly and indirectly about the Bush Presidency during his entire two terms?

I’ve been witness to this in the entertainment industry for over a decade now.  When a Republican is in power, its full throttle; however, when a Democrat is in power, it’s time to step on the brakes.

For some reason, after watching several episodes of SNL this season, it finally dawned on me that something – or someone – was missing from their cross-hairs… Obama.  Rather, the concentration has been solely on Republicans… whether Republicans in Congress or Republican Presidential hopefuls.  And that concentration is consistently negative.

Why would SNL, a show intended to attract the 18-to-34 age demographic, work tirelessly to make George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, John McCain and many other Republicans not only stupid, but often evil and go so soft on Barack Obama and the Democrats?


One would think, just for the ratings and success of the show that Obama, more than twice as recognizable world wide than George W. Bush, would be a regular target of the SNL family.  Lord knows there is more than enough fodder with Solyndra, Fisker, Fast & Furious, new wars in Libya and Uganda without Congressional approval, Obamacare failures that include increasing healthcare costs, a broken 8% unemployment promise, the terrible economy, record setting food stamps, Obama anti-Israel attitudes, his support of the OWS morons, his taking over of the Internet, his Iraq pull out broken promise, his Guantanamo broken promise, his historic 2012 losses in Congress, his usurping of the Constitution, and the list is incredibly long.

The answer exists in a February 2008 Washington Times article with the creator and executive producer of SNL, Lorne Michaels, in which it was said, “Those impressions leave a mark.”  It goes on to say that Lorne Michaels couldn’t be happier if his sketches have an impact on Presidential races.  He may be a registered Independent, but the tone of his show is adamantly anti-Republican.  And, evidently, he wants his anti-Republican show that leave voters with an impression that hopefully impacts elections.

Just contrast the treatment of George W. Bush in this Will Ferrell sketch to the one of the cool Obama.

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Like Clinton, Obama is portrayed as an intellectual who is likeable and “cool.”  In the sketch Obama , played by Fred Armisen, says ,“No matter what the circumstances, I am going to keep it cool”, “if given a choice, I choose cool” and “I never play the fool like politics as usual, I keep it cool.”  By contrast, Will Ferrell as George Bush in this Global Warming sketch states, “I have no idea what the hell I am talking about” and “They are making me look bad, using facts.”

Really!?!  No, really!?!  Really!?!  Lorne Michaels?!  Really…

Lorne Michaels, who maxed out the amount an individual could contribute to Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign, also said, “You can’t be partisan.  If you are, at a certain point you’re going to stop being funny.”  Well, people have been declaring SNL unfunny for the last twenty years.  If he wants funny, maybe he should stop pushing his political agenda and look back on what initially made his show funny… Cone heads, Samurai Futaba, Nerds, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Buckwheat Dead, Mr. Bill and so on.

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  2. One would think Hollywood and most of the press would look at Obama’s ever dwindling numbers and realize their continued pimping for a failed president is destroying all credibility with the American people. They have lost all credibility with me. Frankly their patent agenda borders on the ludicrous. It’s garbage propaganda pure and simple.

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  3. Agreed, Richard. Great job as usual, Tim! The partisan stench of that show (and many other show for that matter) has been going on for quite some time now. To Hell with SNL!

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  4. SNL is a comedy. You have got to admit that Palin, Cain, Perry, Bush, etc., provide almost unlimited comedic material on a daily basis. Somehow, I doubt you will admit it, though.

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    1. But does that, in and of itself, mean that they shouldn’t even try. These are supposedly the best minds in comedy today. You’re telling me that they simply can’t bring themselves to find anything about the President to lampoon?

      On the other hand, one could make an argument that Obama makes it too easy for them that anything they’d do would be nothing more than a cheap shot. However, I’d doubt that considering the Obama White House (or one of their minions) once had an SNL skit fact checked.

      How pathetic. Both of them.

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    2. I agree that the republican candidates are capable of doing some stupid things…but are you telling me Obama never has? I can think of MANY SNL worthy Obama gaffs that they turned a blind eye to.

      How about when Obama visited the Royal Family in 2010 and dated the guest book 2008 and then broke protocol on the toast? How about when Obama gave a speech in Hawaii and said, “…here in Asia..”.? How about when he said he had visited 57 US states? How about how he can’t speak if his teleprompter isn’t there?

      C’mon…if anyone from the Republican party did ANY of these things SNL would be all over it for weeks.

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    3. When a party is in power, they are the ones lampooned, so so the libs say when a Republican is in. But O’Bozo is a TREASURE TROVE of material, and yet, not only is he not even shown this year, hes not even MENTIONED! Besides the fact that the doofus Fred Armisen cant even get his impression down corretly, or with any semblance, over 4 years since hes hit the world stage, yet they dont even TRY!

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  5. SNL is a comedy. You have got to admit that Pelosi, Biden, The Obama’s (illegal aunts and uncles included), Hillary & Bill, Michael Myers, etc., provide almost unlimited comedic material on a daily basis. Somehow, I doubt you will admit it, though.

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    1. You missed the point… although an occasional Democrat is lampooned, they are not made out to be idiotic and evil. Can you show me some examples where they do (excluding gaffe-related comedy)?

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      1. Typically when you have an entire party that shares the common belief that “corporations” are people too and should get the right to vote, while also accepting tons and tons of money from those “people” it makes it pretty easy for someone to label them as evil.

        Also the same thing can be said when a party dedicates itself to calling the majority of the nation “freeloaders” even though those “freeloaders” are the same people who followed the advice of “working hard, go to college, graduate and you will be successful” You can’t be successful when your boss is making 5 million dollar bonus bucks a year by not hiring in the U.S.

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  6. It’s time to pull the plug on SNL and let it die. It was funny years ago and had great musical guests. Something to look forward to on the weekends. It’s just a mouthpiece for the far left now.

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  7. my apologies if you see this copyclip “Solyndra, Fisker, Fast & Furious, new wars in Libya and Uganda without Congressional approval, Obamacare failures that include increasing healthcare costs, a broken 8% unemployment promise, the terrible economy, record setting food stamps, Obama anti-Israel attitudes, his support of the OWS morons, his taking over of the Internet, his Iraq pull out broken promise, his Guantanamo broken promise, his historic 2010 losses in Congress, his usurping of the Constitution, and the list is incredibly long” posted anywhere on the interblogs. Very succinct and concise, thank you. I changed the year of the historic losses and will add 2012 when the time comes.

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  8. Is SNL still on?? I wouldn’t know, I stopped watching back in the 90’s. There is too much GOOD stuff on TV … unfortunatly, it’s almost all on cable/satellite. Maybe the networks should just bag it and free up the air space …

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  9. Great article. While I do agree that they DO lampoon more republican’s than dems… Have we forgotten Phil Hartman’s amazing impression of Bill Clinton? How many years of parodies did they get out of that guy? And while they may not razz Obama as much as the others, I have seen many a sketches where he does. Is it fair and balanced? No. But it’s not as bleak as you make it. Here’s just one example that you failed to post.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHEh1ML5OTU&feature=related

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    1. Yes, but Clinton was shown as a cool ladies man…. not as evil or idiotic. Same with Obama… he’s shown as being cool and never evil or idiotic.

      Another note to consider is that Lorne Michaels is free to have the kind of show he wants, but don’t claim to be an Independent and an equal opportunity offender when that is clearly not true. In fact, it’s disingenuous and, well, just kinda icky.

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      1. Again. The spin was that he was a “cool” but sleazy ladies man. Simple as that. Herman Cain isn’t being portrayed as an evil man. He is being portrayed as someone who, a long time ago, was sued for sexual harassment. I am sure he was married.

        That’s republicans for you though. If you are a republican and sexually harass someone while married it’s fine. If you’re a democrat and you have an affair with some woman you should be just as evil. Oh well.

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      2. As I remember it Clinton was portrayed as a fat McDonald’s eating fool. It wasn’t until after he left office and the smoke cleared from his impeachment that he portrayed as the cool ladies man. But for 8 solid years he was the butt of every late night comic.

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  10. I am sure that Lorne Michaels is getting some kick back in one form or another. He is nothing but a money whore these days and hasnt been original since the late 70’s when SNL was edgy.

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  11. This is fucking idiotic. First of all, there’s this, which really should end this conversation right here:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/10/04/snl-skewers-obama-so-far-ive-done-nothing-president

    Second of all,

    >>Lord knows there is more than enough fodder with Solyndra, Fisker, Fast & Furious, new wars in Libya and Uganda without Congressional approval, Obamacare failures that include increasing healthcare costs, a broken 8% unemployment promise, the terrible economy, record setting food stamps, Obama anti-Israel attitudes, his support of the OWS morons, his taking over of the Internet, his Iraq pull out broken promise, his Guantanamo broken promise, his historic 2012 losses in Congress, his usurping of the Constitution,

    Ha! Yes! Imagine the hilarity! A sketch about Obama’s “anti-Israel attitudes”! High unemployment! Instant comedy! My sides are splitting just thinking about it!

    What you don’t get, Tim, is that SNL isn’t a show about skewering political views or issues (gee, it’s only been on for 35 years. Try to keep up.); it’s a show that goes for the easy laugh from stoned/drunk/bored teens and college students who may or may not even follow the issues. When it goes “political”, it mostly makes fun of PERSONALITY TRAITS. Clinton was a horndog. Bush 43 was an immature simpleton. Bush 41 was a vacant wimp. Palin is an idiot. Gore is a stiff. Ford was clumsy. John Kerry is a square. Here’s a sketch that lampoons Clinton, Kerry AND James Carville: http://www.hulu.com/watch/2806/saturday-night-live-kerry-campaign-stop

    Not that I’ve watched the show much in the last three decades, because it’s really kind of an unfunny, irrelevant mess most of the time, so it’s weird that you would get worked up enough it about to write this nonsense, but are you starting to get the hang of it now?

    Or to put it another way: Do you remember any sketches about the Iraq War, and not finding any WMDs? Or the surplus Bush eradicated and debt he plunged us into? Or his botching of Katrina? Or waterboarding? Or Abu Ghraib? Or the wiretapping scandal? Or Haliburton? Could you refresh my memory? Because if SNL is the weekly liberal screed you seem to be claiming it is, you’d think they would have made hay of all that, wouldn’t you?

    So if they genuinely haven’t picked on Obama much (though really, it’s just that they haven’t picked on him as much as YOU want them to), it’s probably because there’s nothing all that funny about his personality. He’s an intelligent, cool-headed, articulate, likable guy. If you think it’s so easy to write political satire of Obama for as broad an audience as SNL is going for, by all means, knock yourself out. Tell us all about the hilarious “Obama hates Israel” sketch they’d be doing if you had your druthers. Tell us what belly-laughs they should be getting out of the unemployment rate.

    Have at it. We’ll be right here.

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