The President’s Second Post-Gulf War Address


The President’s Second Post-Gulf War Address

President George Bush…..Dana Carvey
Speaker Foely…..Phil Hartman
Dan Quayle…..Michael J. Fox

Announcer: The Doorkeeper to the House will now introduce the President. [ introduction is made, as stock footage of President Bush entering plays ] The President has entered the House Chamber.. this will be his second address to a Joint session since the successful conclusion of Operation Desert Storm. The first speech went so well – some 20 standing ovations – that is was decided that a second speech could provide yet antoher morale boost to a nation in the midst of a recession. We have read a transcript of tonight’s address, and the President will refer to Operation Desert Storm many, many times. [ cut to Vice-President Quayle and Speaker Foley on stage ] Uh.. there is Vice-President Quayle and Speaker Foley, and.. uh.. there is the President, greeting them. I asked the Vice-President earlier if he’d heard rumors that he might be dropped from the ticket in ’92 for General Colin Powell, and the Vice-President said that he had not. And now, the Speaker will address.

Speaker Foley: Members of Congress, distinguished guests, the President of the United States.

[ standing ovation ]

President George Bush: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. [ applause dies down ] Operation.. Desert.. Storm!

[ standing ovation, including Quayle and Foley behind Bush ]

Three words that symbolize all that is great about America!

[ second standing ovation ]

And all that is great about our young Americans!

[ third standing ovation ]

You know, not so long ago, there were some who claimed that our country had lost its way.

[ Quayle inadvertently stands up to applaud, realizes his error, then sits ]

Well, my answer to them is Operation Desert Storm!

[ fourth standing ovation ]

Now, Operation Desert Storm..

[ hearing the cue, Quayle stands up to applaud, once again the only person standing ]

..has not solved all of America’s problems..

[ Quayle sits ]

But, surely, the nation that can mount an Operation Desert Storm..[ hearing the cue again, Quayle mistakenly stands to applaud, hesitant to sit back down ]

..that nation can solve any problem!

[ Quayle sits, as everyone in the House stands to applaud; as everyone sits, Quayle stands up to become the only one applauding; Bush turns around to give a curious look, as Speaker Foley gives Quayle the evil eye to sit down ]

That is the real lesson of Operation Desert Storm.

[ applause, but Speaker Foly signals Quayle not to stand ]

That the American people will never back down from tyranny.

[ Speaker Foley cues Quayle to stand and applaud with everyone else in the House ]

Now, there are those who say that Operation Desert Storm..

[ Speaker Foley extends his arm to hold down Quayle so he won’t stand to applaud ] a triumph for George Bush.

[ Speaker Foley okays Quayle to stand and applaud with the House ]

No, no, no, no! But if Operation Desert Storm was a success, it’s really due to the efforts of men like General Norman Schwartzkoff..

[ applause, no standing ]

..Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney..

[ applause, no standing ]

Secretary of State Jim Baker..

[ applause, no standing ] Vice-President Dan Quayle..

[ no applause ]

..and most of all, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell!

[ Speaker Foley signals Quayle to join the standing ovation of Powell ]

Vice-President Quayle: Bravo! Whoo-hoo! Bravo!

[ everyone ceases applauding and sits down again ]

President George Bush: Well, who knows, you know? Maybe, not so long from now, Colin will be standing right here, the first black American to grace a major party ticket, and the first black president of the United States of America!

[ Quayle stands to applaud, as does everyone else in the House, surprising Speaker Foley ]

Vice-President Quayle: Pow-ell! Pow-ell! Pow-ell! Pow-ell!

[ the House ceases its applause, but this doesn’t faze Quayle ]

Vice-President Quayle: Pow-ell! Pow-ell! Pow-ell! Pow-ell! Pow-ell! Pow-..

[ stops, as President Bush gives him a strange look ]

President George Bush: Live, from New York, it’s Saturday Niiiiiighttt!

SNL Transcripts

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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