Saturday Night Live lit into the Obama administration’s handling of the Ebola crisis, especially its decision to hire Ron Klain to be the so-called “Ebola czar.”
“Some people want to criticize the way my administration has handled the Ebola crisis,” he said. “And it’s true, we’ve made a few mistakes. But I assure you, it’s nowhere near as bad as we handled the ISIS situation, or the Secret Service mishaps, or the scandals at the IRS and NSA.”
“And I’m not sure if you guys remembers,” Obama continued, “but the Obamacare website had some pretty serious problems too. In fact, if you look at the stuff’s that happened my second term, this whole Ebola thing is probably one of my greatest accomplishments.”
He then introduced his new Ebola czar, Ron Klain. “I’m really more of a behind-the-scenes guy,” he said, “but I’m happy to take your questions.”
“You have no actual medical training or background in infectious disease, is that correct?” one reporter asked.
“Yes, that is true,” he replied. “I’m not a doctor. But to be fair, I did serve as chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, so I have a little experience with foot-in-mouth disease.”
“Some people have speculated that you’ve been brought in to handle this from a political perspective,” another reporter asked, “given that midterm elections in two weeks.”
“I’m not worried about winning elections,” Klain replied. “However, there are a few safety tips people should know heading towards election day. For example, the Ebola virus actually flourishes in warmer climates, so if you live in a Southern state like Louisiana, Arkansas, or Kentucky, you may to avoid any larger public spaces — say, a polling booth.”
“One exception, however, is that we believe Latinos in red states actually have an immunity to Ebola, so they should be good to go.”
Watch the entire cold open via Hulu below.