Honeymoon's Over for SNL, Obama

Saturday Night Live sketch mocks 'do-nothing' prez
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2009 3:39 AM CDT

(Newser) Saturday Night Live didn't pull any punches when lampooning President Obama on the weekend and some analysts say that should be a red flag for the administration. A comedy skit purported to come to the president's defense against right-wing complaints that he's a "Hitler." No such thing. "It's very clear what I've done so far—and that is nothing," said comedian Fred Armisen on the comedy program posing as Obama. "Almost one year and nothing new to show for it."

When "your friends start talking about you like this, the White House should listen," wrote Washington Post blogger Jonathan Capehart. The sketch definitely signals that the media honeymoon is over for Obama, pop culture professor Robert Thompson tells CNN, but he cautioned it would be a mistake to read too much into it. "Comedy is going after the people in power," he said.