Former SNL star Will Ferrell made a comeback Thursday night on the primetime, pre-election, weeknight Saturday Night Live special as President George W. Bush, opening the show with an address to the nation where he said the election was between “the hot lady and the Tiger Woods guy,” both of whom were very “patriotized” and display “much characterization.” But his main reason for being there was for the opportunity that had been evading the “President” to publicly endorse John McCain and Sarah Palin. Claiming to finally have the chance to make it official since the country was on such an upswing and his approval rating was so high, Bush was surprised when told by an “advisor” that the country was, in fact, in a downward spiral and his numbers have never been lower. He apologized for not knowing that, but explained he had no way to know since he had declared the Oval Office a “bummer free zone” about four months ago.
Ferrell’s George Bush introduced Senator John McCain and Sarah Palin, but only Tina Fey as Palin entered the Oval Office. When the President asked her where McCain was she said that when the Senator heard Bush was going to publically endorse them, he disappeared. But not to worry, Todd was tracking him. Asked what she’d been doing lately, Fey’s Palin answered she’d been travelin’ around, talkin’ ’bout change, talkin’ bout Ayers and doin’ a little shoppin’.
When Palin uttered the Larry the Cable Guy line, “Git ‘er done”, Bush commented on Palin’s folksy image. Palin thanked him and she said she likes to think of herself as one part practised folksy, one part sassy and a little bit of high school bitchy. Bush told her he tried to do the folksy thing but after awhile it just came off as douchey.
Bush took it upon himself to advise Palin that she was going to be very important if they won the election, telling her that the VP is the most important position in the land, the President can do nothing without checking with the Vice President. Fey said she didn’t want to go all Katie Couric on him, but it’s actually the opposite, to which Ferrell said that’s not what Cheney told him!
Enter “Todd” in his snowmobile gear with the missing Darrell Hammond as McCain after having found him in the Adirondacks, still not wanting to be there to accept the endorsement of the President. Not speaking a word, and trying to pull away out of every photo op, the McCain impersonation was the exact opposite of the Palin impersonation in how they played to Bush. With pain visible on Hammond’s McCain face, Ferrell did his best George W. and looked into the camera and said “When you think of John McCain, think of me, George W. Bush… when you’re in the voting booth, before you vote, think of this face. A vote for John McCain is a vote for George Bush.”
Then they all delivered the opening line of the show in unison. Another hilarious night of over the top impressions and fun with this crazy election!