During Weekend Update with Seth Meyers on NBC‘s “Saturday Night Live,” Meyers said Obama was popular at the polls among college students and the unemployed. “So basically, Obama became president the same way Budweiser became the king of beers,” Meyers said.
Jay Pharoah’s rendition of the President also visited with Meyers. The fake President told Meyers he was a little surprised by the result of the election. “I mean, Republicans, what happened?” the President asked. He went on to say the election was theirs to lose, citing 8 percent unemployment, $5 gasoline and a “one-debate head start” as reasons they should have won on Election Day.
The fake President thanked his GOP challenger Mitt Romney, giving him congratulations for winning 48 percent of the vote, “even though watching you run for president was like watching someone on roller skates try to climb stairs.”
The fake president finished his time with Meyers by saying he has learned a lot during his first term that he plans to apply to his second term. “Mainly that this is a terrible job, and I hate it,” Obama said.
Sadly, the SNL skit is right on target. President Obama had a poor first-term record and Republicans should have capitalized on that. Instead, they waged a half-hearted and embarrassingly inadequate campaign that cost them the election.
It was theirs to lose, and they certainly lost it.