In a biting portrayal just weeks before the presidential election, Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah delivered an impression of President Obama under siege on the issue of lingering unemployment.
Through a contorted facial expression that seems to have been inspired by the consumption of a dozen sour lemons, Jay Pharoah brought Saturday Night Live's viewers a President Obama steeped in empty campaign rally rhetoric and forced to confront the brutal nature of a nation perpetually treading water economically.
"It must be a rally," Obama said. "I've got my sleeves rolled up like a weatherman on Friday."
But the unemployed in America have been trying to roll up their sleeves and get back to work in quality jobs. Many of them have given up entirely and have gone off the measurable employment grid, causing the commonly cited monthly unemployment figures to become increasingly inaccurate over time. On Friday, Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher characterized the nation as one that is "drowning in unemployment."
This persistent unemployment does not bode well for President Obama, and SNL's writers craft an honest portrayal forced to answer to a grumbling electorate.
"Remember that movie 'The Sixth Sense,'" Obama explained. "I'm like the kid in that movie. I see employed people. I know you don't see them, don't even know they're there. But one day all of you will be Bruce Willis and you will realize that you were employed all along."