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article imageSNL's Obama celebrates bin Laden's killing in stand-up speech

By Michael Krebs     May 15, 2011 in Entertainment
NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' took on President Obama's celebratory remarks on the killing of Osama bin Laden that were made on the re-election campaign trail this past week.
President Obama, stumping in El Paso, Texas, in a speech on immigration reform, commented liberally on the killing of Osama bin Laden. Well, at least this was how NBC's "Saturday Night Live" interpreted the president's recent commentary on the matter.
The speech by President Obama, played by SNL's Fred Armisen, was covered by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, in "The Situation Room."
"They're going to say 'ObamaCare,' and I'm going to say 'GuyWhoKilledbinLadenCare,'" Obama reveled, strutting across the stage with a cigarette in his hand. "They're going to say: 'Where are the jobs?' Well, I have a job opening: Al Qaeda number one, now accepting applications."
The CNN team noted that the speech seemed almost like stand-up comedy.
"Pakistan's all angry at me," Obama said. "They're like: 'You should have called. You need to be better at communication.' I was like, 'Take it easy Pakistan. I've already got a wife."
The real President Obama has experienced a significant jump in his job approval ratings in the wake of the Osama bin Laden killing, and Obama has been riding this high, as the Detroit Free Press notes.
"A poll by Pew and the Washington Post poll show his approval rating rallying nine points, and a Quinnipiac University poll shows a six-point spike," Jill Alper, a principal with a grassroots public affairs firm and an electoral strategist who formerly worked for Governor Jennifer Granholm, highlighted in the Detroit Free Press analysis.
And on "Saturday Night Live," the mood was certainly celebratory.
"If your idea of a home theater is a 13-inch Sanyo and a room full of loose wires, you might be a terrorist," Obama concluded.
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