“Saturday Night Live” covered the President Barack Obama controversies and the Nelson Mandela memorial service interpreter controversy in its cold opening skit this weekend, according to an Inquisitr report on Sunday.
In the skit in which Jay Pharaoh came out as President Obama to speak about Obamacare, the president’s remarks quickly turned to the controversy of his having been part of a “selfie” photo with the attractive blond Prime Minister of Denmark. He said that some people have said that First Lady Michelle Obama was upset – and he said she was, in fact, furious.
Then he excused his handshake with Cuba’s President Raul Castro by saying that Castro had told him he was James Olmos who is a famed Mexican movie actor and director.
Next, SNL’s Kenan Thompson entered the skit as Thamsanqa Jantjie – the now infamous sign language interpreter – who caused a controversy at the Mandela memorial by awkwardly performing sign language in South Africa. Kenan humorously and ridiculously signed Pharoah’s statements in the skit.
Finally, Angela Merkel – played by Kate McKinnon – came on and insisted that Obama owed her a “selfie” just like the Danish Prime Minister got at the Mandela memorial – because, after all, he owed her since the United States had listened into her phone calls. After getting two “selfies” – one serious and one humorous – she wanted another one because the photo didn’t come out well. That’s when Obama had Merkel carried away from the podium by Secret Service.
In real life, the Obama 'selfie' and the awkward interpretation by Jantjie in South Africa stole headlines from the intended purpose of the Nelson Mandela memorial - which, of course, was to honor Mandela's memory.