SNL debuts with actual African-American ‘Obama,’ whose secret election weapon is Mitt Romney

By Roxanne Cooper
Sunday, September 16, 2012 0:10 EDT
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screenshot of Jay Pharoah portraying Obama on season premiere of SNL
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The 38th season of Saturday Night Live premiered this week with an opening segment featuring new cast member Jay Pharoah portraying President Barack Obama. “Obama” had been previously impersonated by white guy Fred Armisen.

During the segment, Pharoah’s “Obama” expressed confidence in re-election, using a clueless, gaffe-prone “Mitt Romney” and a math-challenged “Paul Ryan” to make his case.

And before we start, Sasha, Malia, go to bed. I do that to remind you that I have two adorable young daughters and not five creepy adult sons. Well, election day is near. And things aren’t great. The economy’s in the tank. The job market’s horrible. And now, even my foreign policy is under attack. But there’s something I want you all to know: I’m not worried.

Watch the full segment below, uploaded by Mediaite on September 15, 2012:

Roxanne Cooper
Roxanne Cooper is the publisher of Raw Story. She has 20+ years experience in media management, marketing, and advertising and has held positions with AlterNet, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, LA Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Stars & Stripes. From 2004-2008, Roxanne published the popular political blog Rox Populi. She lives in San Francisco and you can follow her on Twitter at @AlterRox.
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