The Saturday Night Live cast and crew – including the writers – stepped way outside of the box on Saturday night when the NBC television program did it’s opening – cold opening as it is referred to – by doing a skit with President Barack Obama meeting the ghost of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the night of Obama’s second inauguration which was also Martin Luther King Day.
In the skit, Martin Luther King appears in a puff of smoke and surprises the president as Obama sits in a chair and sips on his evening beverage – toasting himself to another four more years after his inauguration. Obama, played by Saturday Night Live actor and comedian Jay Pharoah, and Martin Luther King, played by actor and comedian Kenan Thompson, have a brief chat.
In comedic style, Obama wants to have a conversation with about how well he is doing in terms of living up to Dr. King’s legacy while King only wants to talk about comparatively trivial topics such as Beyonce’s sexy-looking appearance and her lip-synching of “The Star Spangled Banner” as well as FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s hairdo which – of course - includes her new bangs.
The reference to Cornel West at the end of the skit was because, last week, West - a 59-year-old American philosopher, academic, activist, author, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America - said that President Obama didn't deserve to be sworn in with his hand on Martin Luther King's Bible. In the skit, King says he needs to visit him to bring him down many notches.