On Saturday night, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” broadcast stayed politically topical with a couple of skits related to the last two national stories of politics to rock Washington, D.C. and the nation. First, in the cold opening of the show, the nation’s sequester was regurgitated, and later in the show former NBA star Dennis Rodman’s newfound friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was brought to a new light.
In response to President Barack Obama’s Friday announcement of the sequester which orders $85 billion worth of federal budget cuts, Jay Pharoah portrayed President Obama at a news conference where he humorously explains the cuts to his audience.
In a rare criticism of Obama, Pharoah said:
I could explain it in financial terms or in human terms. But since I have no idea how money works or how budgets work, I’ll go with human terms instead.
Of the national budget cuts mentioned in the skit, Pharoah - as Obama - said that his wife Michelle Obama, will only be making four television appearances per week – as opposed to her usual 75 appearances per week. In the recent past, the First Lady has appeared on national television via the 85th Academy Awards where she announced “Argo” as the recipient of the Oscar for best picture this year as well as doing the “Evolution of Mom” dance with Jimmy Fallon who appeared with her in drag on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Also, in the SNL skit, a Pennsylvania school teacher from an alleged-horrendous school district stood at the president’s side and was said to have lost her job due to the sequester – in which the teacher responded that it was the best day of her life.
The skit ended with the assertion that the cuts would have a negative impact on the U.S. military, policemen, construction workers, and Native Americans – in which the four men who stood at Obama's side did the “YMCA” dance formation just as the Village People did 30-some years ago.
In the Rodman-Kim Jong Un skit, the highlight was when the two actors playing Rodman and Kim Jong Un did a creative “North Korean high-five” - an open-handed high-five which concluded as missiles being shot off just as it is believed that North Korea has threatened to lanch in the past.