This week, it's conservatives who are giddy over Saturday Night Live's cold open. In the opening skit, Jay Pharoah's President Obama holds a press conference to talk about the sequestration law he signed Friday night, saying that he could explain the $85 billion in spending cuts "in financial terms or in human terms, but since I really have no idea how money works or budgets work, I'll go in human terms instead." He then describes some of the ways the cuts will affect the White House — watch the jokes above — and the federal workforce. SNL even works in a none-too-subtle Village People homage.
"President Obama may want to blame Republicans for the sequester, but even Saturday Night Live knows the POTUS is actually the one at fault," says Kelsey Osterman at Red Alert Politics. National Review, The Washington Examiner, The Blaze, and The Daily Caller are some of the other conservative sites that got in on the fun.
Well, the sketch was funny — but there was a serious point, too, says Ross Luippold at The Huffington Post: The federal workforce really will be affected by these cuts — and so will you, if the sequestration continues. But the absurdity somehow matches the situation. "Who knew the Village People would be such an apt metaphor for the sequester?"
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why are so many elderly Asians killing themselves?
- Why ABC threw its Bachelor under the bus
- Why I'm sick and tired of seeing naked women on HBO
- Why Ted Cruz is the real-life Frank Underwood
- Here's how Iran is covering Russia's invasion of Crimea
- 22 TV shows to watch in 2014
- 4 easy ways to resolve life's toughest questions
- Watch Zach Galifianakis get annoyed at President Obama on Between Two Ferns
- Repealing ObamaCare would now mean kicking 4.2 million people off their new insurance plans
- Here's proof that Justin Bieber is just as spoiled as you always thought
Subscribe to the Week