Saturday Night Live did another Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama spoof for their cold open, this one entitled The 3 A.M. Phone Call. Here’s the video courtesy of Hulu:
Also see this related video: SNL’s Democratic Debate: Obama vs. Clinton
This humorous video does raise the important point of crisis management experience. Who is best qualified to make that tough decision in the middle of the night? Some presidents have stayed up all night, some making bad decisions and some good. Others have snoozed through a crisis while their staff did the heavy lifting, for good and ill. Which would Hillary or Obama, or, for that matter, McCain do? My take is that nobody is really prepared for this kind of call, they either rise to the occasion or not.
As for the video clip itself, I got several good laughs out of it, particularly the lines about fixing the White House heater and “Is Bill there?” - “It’s 3 AM, what do you think?” and “Wait. We’ve changed our minds”.
Saturday Night Live has taken some hits from some quarters that suggest that they’ve been too pro-Hillary in their skits. What do you think? Should they be balanced in their humor or play favorites?
A couple of notes about the Hulu videos: They’re only available to US viewers and may have ads upfront.