Saturday Night Live brought back three of its former Joe Bidens in the opening skit which mocked his approval rating and mental acuity.
The sketch opened with new cast member James Austin Johnson as the president, who asks for his press secretary, Jen Psaki, to come in.
‘Jen Psaki, you’re dynamite in those briefings, with your quips and one liners,’ Biden tells his press secretary. ‘What do you call those zingers?’
Psaki, played by Chloe Fineman replies: ‘Um, facts.’
‘Yeah, I love that,’ Biden replies. ‘Lay some of that truth on me.’
‘Okay,’ she replies, ‘your CNN town hall was watched by no one,’ a reference to a town hall the president took part in on Thursday night, ‘and your approval rating is in the dumpster.’
Real Clear Politics polling showed the president was at 10 points behind President Barack Obama’s at this point in his presidency. Biden’s approval rating currently stands at 43 per cent.
Saturday Night Live opened with Jen Psaki, played by Chloe Fineman, delivering some bad news to the president, played by new cast member James Austin Johnson
As he laments about his situation, Jason Sudeikis walks on to the set, reprising his role as Biden, back when he was vice president
Sudeikis’ Biden tells Johnson’s Biden to relax as he rubs his shoulders and leans in to sniff him
‘Yeah, but hey, things are going to turn around, right?’ Biden asks in the sketch, to which Psaki replies: ‘Um, I’m bad at lying, so I’m going to leave.’
After she leaves, Biden laments: ‘I don’t understand. People used to like me. The press would call me Uncle Joe. I miss the old me. Where the hell did that guy go?’
At that point, Jason Sudeikis enters the scene, reprising his role as Joe Biden, when he was vice president.
‘Wait a second, who are you?’ Johnson’s Biden asks.
Sudeikis’ Biden replies: ‘What do you mean who am I, man? I’m you. I’m you from eight years ago, buddy. The ghost of Biden past. Boo!
‘How can you be me? You seem so happy, so carefree, so – what’s the word I’m looking for?’ Johnson’s Biden asks, to which Sudeikis’ Biden replies: ‘lucid’.
‘Yeah, partner. From where I’m from. We’re still VP. Easiest gig in the world. We’re like America’s whacky neighbor. Shake a few hands, rub a few shoulders.’
‘Here. Come on. Let me get you loose, huh,’ Sudeikis says as he rubs Johnson’s shoulder and leans in to sniff him. ‘Let me take a whiff. That’s good. See, that ain’t creepy. Hey, and look, I hope this isn’t sexist, but you got to smile more, sweetie. Okay?’
The sniffing of Biden’s hair is a reference to the now infamous 2015 photo of him leaning into Stephanie Carter, wife of former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.
Johnson’s president tells the vice presidential version of himself that his infrastructure bill is being held up by Joe Manchin, to which Sudeikis says ‘Screw Joe Manchin. The only mansion I care about is the playboy mansion.
‘Oh, that’s classic 2k13 Biden, right there, yeah,’ he says. ‘Hey, who’s the second guy?’
‘Senator Sinema,’ the president says, to which the vice president says: ‘That sounds like a Star Wars character.’
Alex Moffat’s Biden also joined the scene near the end
Sudeikis told Johnson’s Biden he ‘could do this’ because they are both ‘Joe Freakin’ Biden’
At that point, Alex Moffat’s Biden from ‘March 2021’ walks in and makes a brief appearance.
Soon Sudeikis’ Biden says: ‘You know, I should probably mosey on back to 2013. I got tickets to a Gangham concert.’
‘Wait. I can’t do this without you,’ the president pleads.
‘Of course you can. Because guess what, buddy? You are me. I want you to stand tall and flash those 100% natural choppers we got and remember, we may be from different eras, but at the end of the day, we’re both Joe freakin’ Biden.’
The opening skit wasn’t the only time SNL mocked Biden, after being soft on him in the past.
During the show’s Weekend Update section, host Michael Che said: ‘At a CNN town hall president Biden discussed the importance of addressing mental health saying, “‘A broken spirit is no different than a broken arm.'” Well, if I keep betting money on the giants, I’m going to have both.’
‘Also at the town hall president Biden admitted that he’s not had time to visit the southern border,’ co-host Colin Jost said, amid a growing illegal immigrant crisis. ‘Though his approval rating has,’ Jost joked, as a graphic showed his plummeting approval ratings
‘Also at the town hall president Biden admitted that he’s not had time to visit the southern border,’ co-host Colin Jost said, amid a growing illegal immigrant crisis.
‘Though his approval rating has,’ Jost joked, as a graphic showed his plummeting approval ratings.
Later, he joked: ‘Insiders are saying during meetings, president Biden uses the “F” word in conversation.
‘More concerning the F word he keeps using is forget.’