Saturday Night Live Transcripts
Season 34: Episode 6
The Barack Obama Variety Half-Hour
Sen. Barack Obama…..Fred Armisen
Michelle Obama…..Maya Rudolph
Nancy Pelosi…..Kristen Wiig
Barney Frank…..Bobby Moynihan
Rahm Emmanuel…..Andy Samberg
Bill Clinton…..Darrell Hammond
Joe Biden…..Jason Sudeikis
Rev. Jeremiah Wright…..Kenan Thompson
Bill Ayers…..Bill Hader
[ open on title card ]
Announcer: And now, a message from Barack and Michelle Obama.
Sen. Barack Obama: Good evening, my fellow Americans. I am Barack Obama, and this is my wife, Michelle. This coming Wednesday, our campaign will run a special thirty-minute address on all four major networks.
Michelle Obama: This airtime was initially purchased so that we could speak to you one last time about the issues.
Sen. Barack Obama: However, with poll numbers putting us so far ahead, we decided now’s the time to play it safe.
Michelle Obama: Instead of a conventional address, we’re going to carefully manage our lead and, well, shake things up…[ wide shot reveals the full stage with lights all around and Obama’s logo across the stage floor ]
Sen. Barack Obama: With the “Barack Obama Variety Half-Hour”! It’s time to have some fun!
Michelle Obama: Because we got a lead in the polls, and we built it up.
Sen. Barack Obama: We built it up.
Michelle Obama: We built it up.
Together: [ to the tune of “Solid (As A Rock)” by Ashford & Simpson ]“And now it’s solid
Solid as Barack!
That’s what this lead is
That’s what we got-got-got-got-got-got!”
Sen. Barack Obama: All your favorites from the campaign will be stopping by for songs and skits. Including House Democrats: Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, and Rahm Emmanuel.[ cut to Frank, Pelosi, and Emmanuel ]
Nancy Pelosi: [ to the tune of “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ]“Our house, is a very, very, very fine house!”
Barney Frank & Rahm Emmanuel: “Fine house!”
Nancy Pelosi: “When the Republicans were in charge”
Barney Frank & Rahm Emmanuel: “Life used to be so hard.
Nancy Pelosi: “Now everything is easy, ’cause of you-ou-ou-ou.”
Sen. Barack Obama: [ chuckling heartily ] And, of course, a party is never complete without… Bill Clinton.[ cut to Clinton surrounded by two dancing girls ]
Bill Clinton: [ to the tune of “Don’t You (Forget About Me” by Simple Minds ]“Don’t you, forget about me
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t!”
Sen. Barack Obama: Yeah! It’s been a long campaign, so let’s have some good old-fashioned fun… with Senator Joe Biden.
Sen. Joe Biden: [ chuckling ] Thanks for inviting me to dinner, Barack!
Sen. Barack Obama: So, Joe, I’m gonna ask: Why did you say that, if I was elected, a foreign power would test me with an international crisis? [ he looks over ] Hey, what are you eating?
Sen. Joe Biden: Oh, this? [ he holds up a rubber foot ] It’s my foot! In my mouth![ they both chuckle heartily ]
Sen. Barack Obama: You’ll even see Rev. Jeremiah Wright and University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Bill Ayers.[ cut to Wright, with Ayers on keyboard ]
Rev. Jeremiah Wright: [ to the tune of “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley ]“White devils be craaaaaaaaaazy!
White devils be craaaaaaaaaazy!”
Michelle Obama: And some serious moments, like Barack meeting the spirit of John F. Kennedy.[ cut to Barack Obama sitting with eyes closed, as the spirit of John F. Kennedy moves forward ]
Spirit of John F. Kennedy: Hey, Barack Obama. Over the years, there have been many pretenders in the Democratic Party, but you truly are the heir to my legacy.
Bill Clinton: [ steps forward ] Guys! I’m standing right here!
Sen. Barack Obama: Bill Clinton, everybody![ cut to Michelle Obama ]
Michelle Obama: So join us, this Wednesday, for the “Barack Obama Variety Half Hour”. I promise it will be…[ Barack Obama joins her ]
Michelle Obama: Yes, it is!
Together: “Solid as Barack!”[ everyone else joins them on stage ]
“That’s what this show isThat’s what we got-got-got-got-got-got!”
Barack Obama: Don’t forget to vote — FOR ME!!
Solid as Barack!”