Sunday, May 06, 2012

Saturday Night Live Scraps Skit Mocking Obama Taking Credit For Bin Laden Kill

Someone at the White House must have made a call to NBC and asked them to get rid of it, so as not to offend President Thin-Skinned (Daily Caller, via FreeRepublic).

The Daily Caller has obtained a scrapped skit critical of President Barack Obama that was intended for airing at the opening of last night’s “Saturday Night Live” on NBC.

In the skit, President Obama addresses Americans soon after the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden — and he makes sure to remind viewers that all credit for the raid on the terrorist leader’s compound belongs to him.

“I hope you had a safe and joyous first anniversary of his killing,” the president, portrayed by Fred Armisen, begins.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be at home this year, as I had to fly to Afghanistan, to remind President Karzai that, exactly one year ago, we killed Osama bin Laden, and that the decision to do so was a gutsy one,” the president continues. “And was mine.”

The president then outlines what gifts are appropriate on the anniversaries of “Killing Osama bin Laden Day,” and reminds his audience that “heavy drinking, and Killing Osama bin Laden Day, are never a good combination.”

The full text of the skit, which was authored by comedian Jim Downey, is viewable below. It is not clear why the skit, which also pokes fun at the president’s handling of the economy, was scrapped.

Obama Address Cold Open - May 6, 2012

The real President Obama has faced harsh criticism in recent weeks for allegedly politicizing bin Laden’s death by taking too much credit for the operation that killed him.

Instead of the skit, NBC opted instead to air a parody of Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends.” That skit, which also featured Armisen, mocked Fox News personalities by portraying them as clueless partisans.

More news to deflate Rambobama. We found out this week Obama had someone set up to take the blame if the mission failed, and he apparently knew of bin Laden's hideout a year before the mission.

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