“SNL,” which typically veers left in its politics, had no problem taking President Obama to task last night for his lackluster appearance in Wednesday night’s debate. The cold open, which featured Chris Parnell returning as Jim Lehrer, rambled a bit until it found its main thrust, which was that an altitude-sick Obama contemplated other topics as Mitt Romney took full advantage, even claiming that he killed Osama bin Laden. During Weekend Update, Seth Meyers continued to pile on, announcing that Fox News (a frequent target of “SNL”) could claim that it got the news right for once, even comparing Obama to Jimmy Carter. Finally, Big Birdappeared to add a sweeter note to the proceedings (it would have felt wrong for Big Bird to have a political slant.)
The most pointed sketch, however, mocked MSNBC for considering the debate “the worst thing that ever happened anywhere.” In the segment, Kenan Thompson played an Al Sharpton struggling to come up with any number of excuses for why Obama performed the way he did, positing that perhaps Romney and Obama switched bodies, or that with “no way” to know exactly how high above sea level Denver is, Obama struggled with an altitude “upwards of a million” feet above Earth. Cecily Strong took over as Rachel Maddow, who decided to look on the bright side by focusing smugly on one of Romney’s few slips of the tongue and then gloating over an unflattering frame of Romney (“Nice face, governor”).