NBC’s Saturday Night Live spoofed President Barack Obama for the second week in a row on Saturday, declaring in a sketch that the president won the Nobel Peace Prize for not being George W. Bush.
“Jimmy carter won it for decades of trying to find solutions to international conflicts,” said actor Fred Armisen, playing Obama. “Al Gore won it for his years of educating the US about climate change. And us? Well, I won it for not being George Bush.”
He added: “This award was as a complete surprise, as I have only not been George W. Bush for nine months.”
The Obama character said he didn’t receive a call from the Nobel committee before the annnouncement, but wished he had, so he could say to Hillary Clinton, “Hey, remember that 3 a.m. call you were so worried about? It happened. Nobel Peace Prize.”
Armisen’s Obama went on to announce that he had also just won $70 million in the Powerball lottery, and “it was the first lottery ticket I ever bought.”
He said he would decide what to do with the money by conferring with his economic adviser Larry Summers, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, “because those guys do not make mistakes.”
The previous week, in another Armisen sketch, SNL accused Obama of having done nothing in the first nine months of his presidency. Mindful of the potential influence of SNL mockery, CNN declared that sketch to be “the end of Obama’s honeymoon.”
This video is from NBC’s Saturday Night Live, broadcast Oct. 10, 2009.