Live from New York, it's... different actor to play Obama
September 14th, 2012
08:18 AM ET

Live from New York, it's... different actor to play Obama

(CNN) – The role of President Barack Obama will be played by a different actor this season on the comedy program "Saturday Night Live," the show's head writer said Thursday.

In an interview on NBC's "Today Show," writer Seth Meyers acknowledged that Jay Pharoah, who is in his third year on the program, would be playing the president, while the actor who has played Obama since 2008, Fred Armisen, will continue on the show.


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  1. John

    CNN – really? Do you people know what is happening in the world right now??

    September 14, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • Howard

      The biased, partisan, main stream media has consistently promoted and sold Obama to the American public ... while trashing and demonizing his opponents. Along with the brain washed Obama zombies, they have catapulted Obama into the role of 'Fuhrer' ... and of 'Dear Leader'. The Obama Stooges love Obama more than they love America. Obama is destroying America. America is more important than Obama. Obama is expendable and replaceable ... America is not. Save America ... Elect Romney and Ryan in November !!!

      September 14, 2012 at 11:47 am |
      • OCCaVoter

        I love Obama/Biden and the Clintons.

        September 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        The sound tract is great!

        No need to watch if you are familiar with the Wiemar Repubublic.

        Those with savings lost the most!

        Get OUT!

        OLD FOLKS on Social Security with Social Security Payments from the Gubment LOST OUT?

        We need a RESET on the Obummer Gubment!

        September 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • KarenFaye

      Actor? We have the perfect actor - Barry Obama himself. He's been pretending to be a leader of the U.S. for nearly 4 years. What a sad, sad state he's got this country in!!!! Wise up voters - DO NOT GIVE THIS MAN 4 MORE YEARS TO FINISH US OFF!!!!

      September 15, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • Catherine

      Thank You John. Unbelievable that this is listed in politics, but then again, we know that under the guise of comedy-Lorne and the entire Democrat SNL cast is actually running part of the Obama 2012 re-election campaign. It’s a disgrace.

      September 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
  2. Ray E. (Georgia)

    A different one in the White House too. Name's Romney. Careful there. Don't get the Cart before the Horse.

    September 14, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • Howard

      The 2nd worst President in the history of America (Carter) is now telling the worst President in the history of America (Obama) to handle the current mideast crisis,
      the same way Carter mishandled Iran. Talk about the blind leading the blind !!!
      America needs a strong President, not a weak apologist and appeaser ...
      Save America ... Elect Romney & Ryan in November !!

      September 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        Worst President of my 77 years...Ronald Reagan followed by a very close second George W. Bush. I could toss a coin to make my decision.

        Jean has been busy working for the:
        Obama-Biden 2012!

        Follow thee money...who has the funds to hire Egyptian protesters?

        September 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      So JEAN2009 is 77 years old?


      She is older than the CREATION of

      Washers and Dryers,
      Dish Washers,
      Black and White TVS
      COLOR TVS,
      LP and ,78, 33.3, 45 Wax Records,
      8 tracts
      Cell Phones,
      Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Solar, Hydro, and Wind Power,,,

      She was born before AIRPLANES flew the sky,,,

      and experience her Trials,
      from the time of her DATE OF BIRTH!

      We need to go beyond FORWARD and ENJOY LIFE!

      Let's Celebrate like they celebrate in North Korea!

      Yeah BAAAA BEEEE!

      September 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Jean2009 is not from the USA...

        Would a person not CELEBRATE a REFRIGERATOR?

        Refrigerators did not exist when Jean was Born,,,

        There was ICE BOXES

        (Only if there was an ICE PLANT close by)

        Otherwise, they would be eating food that was decaying,,,

        Oh,,, Obama gave TONS OF MONEY to BRAZIL to DRILL FOR OIL in DEEP WATERS,,,

        Why did he do that?

        My guess is Jean2009 asked wHoseHinny to bring back the GOOD OL' DAYS!

        And Obozo thought Jean2009 was looking fine!

        September 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  3. Kool-Aid Police

    CNN=100% in the tank for Obama

    September 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama, and ALL the Obama supporters, are marching in lock step, to blame the anti-Islam film for all the anti-American violence in the middle east ... when all the experts agree that these attacks are planned, coordinated actions by the terrorist organizations in the region. Another lame Obama attempt to avoid responsibility for responding to terrorists with appeasement, and apologies. America needs a strong leader, who puts America first ... Elect Romney & Ryan in November.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • KarenFaye

      CNN is "in the tank" but not to the extent of CBS, ABC, and at the top: NBC. Don't know who pays these folks off, but in fairness, CNN has a few- and very few – unbiased sentiments here and there. Cannot figure out why people are so blinded to the hidden agenda and blatant untruths coming from the White House "STAFF" and the Prez himself. We truly have become a nation of sheep!!

      September 15, 2012 at 8:48 am |
  4. Jay in NC

    News Headlines Sept. 14 2012:
    - 2 Ex-SEALs among dead
    - Rocks thrown at U.S. Consulate in India
    - Mob gathers at U.S. Embassy in Tunisia
    - Protesters gather at U.S. Embassy in Sudan
    - German Embassy in Khartoum set on fire
    - Armed men set fire to KFC in Tripoli, Lebanon
    - Anti-U.S. protests expand to Afghanistan

    Obama's schedule for Sept. 14, 2012:
    - Receive, with Vice President Joe Biden, the daily briefing.
    - Welcome the 2012 U.S. Olympians to the White House.
    - Meet Biden for lunch.
    - Attend a campaign event at a private residence.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • jean2009

      At least he wasn't listening to "My Pet Goat'.

      September 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  5. dontbow

    it's..... tweedle dumb!

    September 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  6. Kool-Aid Police

    Obama just flat out doesn't care. Being a celebrity is much more important to him.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • romneyisacrookoftheworstkind

      Dont you just luv his agenda? Go Obama 2012 and all you haters gofukyourselves!!!

      You really would vote for a guy that says his patriotic, and at the sametime has his money hidden from uncle same overseas. fuking douchebag.... Keep dreamin... There are a lot of people that have seen what these jackasses(Republicans) have done for the past 2 years... America's awake and watching, this guy Romney stands for nothing! Just another silver spooned asso that thinks the presidency is something that his entitled to just because his rich... Well fuk that mf... SHOW THE PLAN!!! until then, its OBAMA ALL THE WAY!!!! Another thing, these looney "Americans" that think this guys Romney is qualified to be president are begging for another catastrophic Bush era to happen. I can see it now... AMERICA AS WE KNOW IT WILL CEASE TO EXIST, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

      Well not with my vote your not, or as Banner would say, HELL NO YOU WON"T!!! ROMNEY IS TRAITOR TO THIS COUNTRY!

      September 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  7. november2012

    and this is funny? Nothing about obama and the Mz funny, in fact it makes me sick.

    September 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  8. november2012

    well, the famous Japanese Admiral once said "be careful, when you wake the sleeping giant"...that is America. Obama has fumbled to the point of waking up America to his stewardship of failure for home and abroad. We are not going to be a second class country, get that in your unAmerican brain mr barry sorento/barack obama or whom ever you are.

    September 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  9. 1FreeWorld

    Can any of you guys ,,,

    tell me,,,

    why CNN would stop Postings on their Blog?

    They would just get bad COPY!

    Lesa and Becky are CNN Bloggers that prevent Postings....

    Go Figure!
    Just Sayin'

    September 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      A little music for you Lefties,,,,

      We need to stop,
      Giving to others,,,
      Who do not ah
      preciate our Char'tyGivin',,,

      They do not like,
      Us who are supportive
      of thier plight,
      can you go figure?

      We are the world,
      We are the Chil'ren

      When will the Chil'ren Grow UP and
      Give us THANKS?


      Anybody here know how much CHARITY we have given to the WORLD?

      I know it has been a lot!

      September 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Can we get a copy of

        ALL THE CURRENT democRAT's
        to see how much they have been giving to CHARITY????

        September 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        I just learned that Michael Jackson DIED!

        When did he die?

        I always look at all the Cable News Channels,,,,

        LOL,,, Didn't notice any thing about
        Michael Jackson's Death
        nor anything about the


        September 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  10. 1FreeWorld

    Hillary Clinton looks a lot younger here!

    How does HILLARY defend the Stoning of Slave Women, Adulter-ed Women, and Women-With-Out-Burkas/Hijabs in the Middle East?

    No, not from the STONING of women in the frisky relations of her HUBBY, Slick Willy, yes, the Woman Monica, and all the others Slick Willy has put Ice on the Hurt, for Adult er y – type Happenings,,,

    I am talking about Napolitano, and the others that want same-gendered marriages (and promoted by the Gay Guys on CNN and FOX!)

    As I have said before,,, Janet Nepolitano, Janet Reno, Michelle Obama, Hillery Clinton, Barack, will be wearing Burkas soon!
    If you see a Slim-waisted Tall Woman in a Burka,,,, Ask him for a game of Basketball!

    September 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • romneyisacrookoftheworstkind

      GO HILLARY 2016!!!

      September 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  11. 1FreeWorld

    Do you know what a Cuba-Libre is?

    Just wondering

    September 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  12. Jay in NC

    Notice how Jean2009 and the others are silent. I guess even they can not defend Obama on this issue.

    September 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Need to See!!!

      Jean2009 what are your thoughts?

      September 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • jean2009

      Sorry you lose!

      September 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm |

    Like CNN, Jay Pharoah is an Obama worshiper.
    Not expecting the classic SNL jabs from Jay.., and therefore not wasting my time watching.

    September 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm |

    Gary Busey would make a great Joe Biden. No beer necessary...

    September 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  15. Crybaby

    Boo Hoo! It's looking more and more like Obama is going to win re-election every day.
    I bet the Dems just love hearing me whine like a child not getting it's way.

    September 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  16. Lazybum

    Peter Hamby, Obama sycophant and CNN employee tweeted a link for Obama Donation site on his CNN tweeter account. Either he should be fired, or CNN must admit they are in the tank for Obama.

    Maybe CNN needs to start tweeting for Romney!

    September 16, 2012 at 10:15 am |

      Its the OMedia teams progressive double standard. Do as we think..., not as we do.
      CNN continues to prove itself a willing partner.

      September 17, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  17. jean2009

    I loved this one.

    Romney = Republicans = Karl Rove + Ralph Reed + Grover Norquist = Super PAC + super rich + corporations = (B)
    We the people = the middle class = (A)
    Obama = A + B = America
    Romney = B – A = B

    It's the arithmetic stupid.
    Obama-Biden 2012!

    September 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Jean2009 says,,,
      Romney = Republicans = Karl Rove + Ralph Reed + Grover Norquist = Super PAC + super rich + corporations = (B)
      We the people = the middle class = (A)
      Obama = A + B = America
      Romney = B – A = B

      Just wondering where (A) is,,,,
      (A) = We the People....
      We the People = Poor Folks not Working, Poor Folks Working, Poor Folks sharing Living Quarters with thier Folks and Family Members, Working Folks sharing Living Quarters with Poor Folks, Folks making a Living providing Services to (WE THE PEOPLE), Folks making Products that Folks Buy, Folks that CREATE NEW PRODUCTS that Folks want to buy, and Folks that HIRE FOLKS to MAKE PRODUCTS that people BUY.

      Tell me where the Middle Class is in this Equation?

      If they MOVE, Tax them, if they Breathe, Tax them, if they quit moving and breathing,,, TAX THEM ON A DEATH TAX so thier Offspring will not PROSPER EITHER!

      We the People - are more than those who depend on Obama's HAND OUTS!

      Grow Up and Learn MATH and Equations Ms Jean2009

      September 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
    • About what we expect

      "It's the arithmetic stupid" I like that.. in fact, I'm a pretty huge fan of > and < math.

      Jobs after Obama debt before Obama.
      Deficit under Obama > debt before Obama.
      Poverty under Obama > poverty before Obama.
      Credit rating downgrades under Obama > credit rating downgrades before Obama.

      There's a reason Obama is generally viewed as the worst president in US history.

      September 17, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • Howard

      Jean ... and the Obama Stooges love Obama more than they love America. Obama is destroying America. America is more important than Obama. Obama is expendable and replaceable ... America is not. Save America ... Elect Romney and Ryan in November !!!

      September 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  18. rudyG

    Obama should play himself on SNL! He certainly has the time with so many skipped meetings and briefings!

    September 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  19. jean2009

    Here is another good one...R-money requested 10 years of tax returns from his possible choices of running mate....

    September 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  20. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I suspect Saturday Night Live is finding it harder and harder to find anything funny about Obama. They always have the old Vaudville Act Obama has been doing. WITH YOUR MONEY AND MY BRAINS, WE WILL GO PLACES. I.E, The Rch ain't payin' their fair share. You need to start paying up Jean!

    September 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  21. Dan B

    I think Biden would make a better SNL actor than a VP. His speeches are comical. Every time he speaks I just crack up at the ridiculousness of it.

    September 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
  22. 1FreeWorld

    You know Geraldo on Fox News?

    He is such a COMMIE!

    Cannot trust Geraldo on FOX NEWS!

    Better start watching CNN Folks!
    Burrrrrp,,,, Can we get rid of Geraldo?
    He is more like Joe Biden,,,

    YES, that is it,,,,
    JOE BIDEN and Geraldo are TWINS seperated at birth!

    September 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
  23. november2012

    jean2009 is an older single black woman...who is abandoned and angry...full of hate. A-typical obama voter/nut case...sick sick sick.

    September 17, 2012 at 12:08 am |