Saturday Night Live Transcripts
Season 34: Episode 11
C-SPAN Announcer…..Jim Downey
Christopher Dodd…..Darrell Hammond
Rod Blagojevich…..Jason Sudeikis
Evan Bayh…..Will Forte
Richard Shelby…..Bobby Moynihan
Elizabeth Dole…..Casey WilsonRobert Byrd…..Bill Hader
Patti Blagojevich…..Kristen Wiig
C-SPAN Announcer: Later, President Bush attempts to justify his place in history to a group of skeptical third graders. But first [C-SPAN bumper dissolves to another bumper that reads: NEXT: Governor Blagojevich (D-IL) Testifies Before Senate Banking Committee.], we take you live to a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee, where Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is about to shake down Congress for money.[Dissolve to a wide shot of the Senate Banking Committee members, Senator Richard Shelby, Senator Elizabeth Dole, Senator Christopher Dodd, Senator Evan Bayh (though the name plate is misspelled, Byah), and Senator Robert C. Byrd, seated as the hearing commences amid the studio audiences cheering and applause]
Christopher Dodd: Governor Blagojevich, youve asked for an opportunity to address this committee today, in order to request your own personal bailout package, which you claim is essential if you are to, quote, achieve true financial independence and enjoy the lifestyle youve always dreamed of, end quote.[Cut to Governor Rod Blagojevich, seated across from the Senate Banking Committee panel, nodding]
Rod Blagojevich: F[bleep]in A, Senator.
Christopher Dodd: Youre currently facing federal charges for attempting to sell, to the highest bidder, the Illinois Senate seat left vacant by the election of Senator Obama. Why do you feel entitled to a government bailout?
Rod Blagojevich: First of all, Senator, because it was a federal prosecutor who spiked my deal to sell the Senate seat in the first place. And second, because if I dont get this bailout, I swear to God, I will appoint some psycho motherf[bleep]er who will tear this fr[bleep]in place apart! Believe meI will do it and you will NOT be happy!
Christopher Dodd: Fair enough. The chair recognizes the gentleman from Alabama.
Richard Shelby: Governor Blagojevich, I have looked over your proposal here, and I will agree: it is quite detailed. You have offered to appoint a well-qualified senator chosen by your state legislature, and in return, you asked for the following: $750,000 in cash, your Visa and Discover cards paid, your nephew Mickey appointed head of the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, quote, whacked, andand the leather jacket pictured on page 112 of the October GQ.
Rod Blagojevich: Mm-hmm. Thats right. Its the one Troy Aikmans wearing.
Richard Shelby: Well, right off the bat, I can tell you, a couple of these items are going to be difficult.
Rod Blagojevich: Uh-huh. All right. What about an ambassadorship?
Evan Bayh: Uh, excuse me. An ambassadorship?
Rod Blagojevich: Yeah. Like, I dont know, Turkey.
Evan Bayh: Governor, lets be clear: you are not going to be named ambassador to Turkey. Uh, right now, thats one of our most sensitive diplomatic posts.
Rod Blagojevich: [chuckling] Hey, relax [puts up his hands defensively], Im not actually going to go there. Its a no-show job.
Evan Bayh: Well, forget it.
Rod Blagojevich: All right, well, in that case, I guess Ill have to appoint myself to the Senate.[Everyone on the Senate Banking Committee panel groans, No! and Come on!]
Rod Blagojevich: Let meuh, let me ask you guys something. What do senators make these days?
Christopher Dodd: $169,300 a year.
Rod Blagojevich: Fr[bleep]k?! Thats it?!
Christopher Dodd: Thats it.
Rod Blagojevich: With health benefits?
Christopher Dodd: Yes.
Rod Blagojevich: And what about the hours? Do you guys have to come in on Mondays and Fridays?
Elizabeth Dole: I wouldnt get too deep into this, Governor. Im fairly certain this body is not going to seat you.
Rod Blagojevich: Really?
Elizabeth Dole: Andand let me add something: In my opinion, you are a disgrace to the state of Illinois. [briefly considers what she just said]: Well, maybe not to Illinois, but you know what Im sayin. If you were the governor of any other state, you would be a disgrace to that state.
Rod Blagojevich: [after a brief silence] F[bleep]k you! [a beat]: Hey, would any of you guys be interested in purchasing the actual wedding ring of President Abraham Lincoln? Cuz I got it, and yes, it is for sale–$250 Gs. [slides in a wooden jewelry case and opens it, revealing a skeleton hand with a gold wedding band on the ring finger]: The hand is included unless, of course, you dont want the hand.
Robert Byrd: Uh, uh, are we to infer, Governor, this sacred artifact was looted from the tomb of our 16th President on the Illinois State Capital Ground?
Rod Blagojevich: Well, lets just say that, on completion of the sale, the buyer will receive a certificate of authenticity along with the videotape to back it up.
Robert Byrd: My God, youre nothing but a common grave-robber! A body snatcher! A resurrectionist!
Rod Blagojevich: [as he closes the jewelry case] Senator, I did not come here to be called names. Do you want the ring or not?
Robert Byrd: NO, I dont want the ring!
Rod Blagojevich: Fine, fine. Suit yourselves. Ive got a buyer in Japan whos offered two million yen. I just thought it would be nice if the ring stayed here in this country, thats all. Cowch[bleep]s!
Evan Bayh: Governor, I think what youre doing is just plain wrong, and I hope you realize two million yen is only about $18,000.
Rod Blagojevich: Really? [realizes hes been cheated]: That motherf[bleep]er![Rod Blagojevichs wife, Patti, suddenly leans into the frame]
Patti Blagojevich: I wanna be on the board of NASA!
Christopher Dodd: Would security please remove this person?
Rod Blagojevich: No, no, no, Senator, this is my wife, Patti.
Patti Blagojevich: [to Rod] I wanna be on the board of NASA!
Rod Blagojevich: No, sweetie, honey. Look, theyre not gonna. They say youre not qualified.
Patti Blagojevich: Well, f[bleep]k them! I just got my Class 3 real estate license.[Cut to a brief reaction shot of Senators Dodd and Bayh watching Patti chew out her husband]
Rod Blagojevich: [covers the microphone at his side] Honey, why dont you go wait in the car?
Patti Blagojevich: [points at him accusingly] You promised. F[bleep]ker! [leaves. Rod looks slightly embarrassed]
Christopher Dodd: Well, Governor, I think this committee has heard about enough today. Unless you have something more to add, I move we adjourn this hearing.
Rod Blagojevich: Okay, just one thing, Senator. I want to thank the committee for allowing me to testify here today. It really is an impressive settingthis hearing room. And I think we can all agree; it would be a real shame if something were to happen to it.
Christopher Dodd: [not following] What do you mean?
Rod Blagojevich: Oh, you know, likeyou know, like a fire or something. These old buildings with the old wiringtheyre always catching fire. If youre interested, I, uh, I have some friends who can keep an eye on the place when no ones around. They can also watch your cars, too$2500 a month.
Evan Bayh: You want the government to pay you extortion money in return for not burning down the U.S. Capitol Building?
Rod Blagojevich: That is what Im proposing. Yes.
Christopher Dodd: Governor, let me ask you: are you retarded?
Rod Blagojevich: [offended by the question] Hey, hey! First of all, Senator, the correct term is, developmentally challenged. And yes, I am mildly developmentally challenged. Though, obviously, it has not affected my performance as governor.[Cut to Senators Dodd and Bayh, stunned over Blagojevichs stupid remark]
Rod Blagojevich: But I can see Im wasting my time here, so you know what? [slides the jewelry case with Abraham Lincolns wedding ring inside towards him]: I think Ill just head over to the Supreme Court, to see if any of those guys are any easier to deal with, instead of you stupid f[bleep]s. [presents a pink parking slip]: So, if youll just validate my parking ticket here, Ill be on my way. And one last thing: Go f[bleep]k yourselves! Also: Live from New York, its Saturday night!
Submitted by: Candy Young