NBC’s late night weekend comedy series “Saturday Night Live” took Obama supporters by surprise this past weekend when the show’s opening sequence delivered harsh criticism of his administration’s Ebola bumbling.
Saturday’s cold open [see below] depicted Obama attempting to deflect criticism by listing off various items from his second year term he thought were actually worse than unleashing the fast-killing Ebola virus on the American populace, which he considered “probably one of my greatest accomplishments” in comparison.
Some people want to criticize the way our administration has handled this crisis, and it’s true we made a few mistakes early on. But I assure you, that was nowhere near as bad as how we handled the ISIS situation, our varied Secret Service mishaps, or the scandals of the IRS and the NSA. And I don’t know if you guys remember, but the Obamacare website had some pretty serious problems too.
In fact if you look at all the stuff that’s happened my second term, this whole Ebola thing is probably one of my greatest accomplishments.
Obama’s new Ebola czar Ron Klain next fields questions regarding his lack of medical authority, in addition to the fact that the U.S. refuses to halt flights from Ebola-stricken regions in West Africa. The Klain character then jokes about red state voters staying home to avoid Ebola, while Latino voters have immunity to the virus and should head to the polls.
It’s certainly refreshing to see the left-leaning, Comcast Corporation-owned network issuing jabs at the president, especially considering they’re one of Obama’s largest donors, contributin
g over $300,000 to his 2012 presidential campaign.
The show’s jabs are also surprising in light of former Tonight Show host Jay Leno’s recent termination, whom it was speculated was canned for his consistent criticism of the president’s policies.
As Hotair.com points out, though the critique is light, its timing is pretty “startling” ahead of the November elections.
“This episode is their second to last before the midterms and they’re currently enjoying something of a resurgence in their ratings. That’s why it’s startling to see such an unabashed take-down of nearly all of Obama’s second term scandals now,” writes Jazz Shaw.