When He’s Facing a Tough Woman…Obama Goes on ‘SNL’

By Jaketapper

Sep 11, 2008 11:38pm

Live from New York … it’s Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

The campaign confirms that the Democratic presidential nominee will appear on the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live," with guest host Michael Phelps.

Last time Obama went on the show was in November 2007 (Watch HERE) — when he was battling the political star power of a different woman, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.

Since that appearance, "SNL" emerged as a player in the presidential election, with Clinton at a Democratic primary debate in Ohio even referencing an "SNL" skit mocking media adulation for Obama. (Not to mention Tina Fey’s "b*tch is the new black" paean to Clinton.)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., hosted the show several years ago (HERE’S his in/famous skit singing Barbra Streisand songs), and executive producer Lorne Michaels has donated money to McCain’s campaign. Michaels has said that the show is in discussions with Fey about coming back to portray her doppelganger, Gov. Sarah Palin.

The Obama campaign leaked the news of this second "SNL" gig to what seems to be rapidly becoming its favorite media outlet, People magazine, which scored the first joint interview with Obama and his then-freshly-named running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. (And only one of two joint interviews the duo have done, period.)

Obama often complains about the media not covering enough substance, and focusing on too much entertainment-related tabloid nonsense.

- jpt

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