A hidden message from SNL

At TPM, Caitlin MacNeal provides a brief summary of last night’s Saturday Night Live opening:

The cast of “Saturday Night Live” mocked President Obama’s response to the Ebola cases diagnosed in the U.S. during Saturday’s cold open.

At the beginning of the skit, Obama explains that the Ebola response wasn’t that bad, relatively speaking.

“Some people want to criticize the way our administration has handled this crisis, and it’s true we made a few mistakes early on. But I assure you, that was nowhere near as bad as how we handled the ISIS situation, our varied Secret Service mishaps, or the scandals of the IRS and the NSA,” he said. “And I don’t know if you guys remember, but the Obamacare website had some pretty serious problems too.”

He said that considering the rest of the second term, “this whole Ebola thing is probably one of my greatest accomplishments.”

MacNeal does a good job summarizing the segment; her summary may raise a smile, whereas the segment itself (video below, after an inescapable advertisement) is entirely flat. But someone at SNL has a hidden message for viewers. Check out the portrait inserted to the viewers’ right at the back of the set’s White House press room, visible over the shoulder of the cast’s Candy Crowley lookalike.


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