Election 2008

Saturday Night Live: Pictured L-R: Maya Rudolph as Condoleezza Rice, Darrell Hammond as
Dick Cheney, and Will Ferrell as George W. Bush.

Election Day Laughs: Past and Present Campaign Videos

November 04, 2008
by findingDulcinea Staff
A lot is riding on the results of Election Day, and maybe you're feeling a bit tense waiting for the votes to come in. What better time to relax with some amusing, election-themed videos? No matter what side of the political divide you're on, you can certainly cast your vote for the healing power of laughter.

Show Your Love for the Candidates

Barack Obama shelled out some serious campaign bucks to get his message across during a half-hour infomercial broadcast on several networks. Unfortunately, McCain hasn't been as well funded, and he's been reduced to spreading the word on QVC. Watch McCain (with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin) sell both his message and some lovely commemorative plates in this "Saturday Night Live" sketch.

In the summer of 2007, some early Obama supporters were more than willing to express their feelings, set them to music and broadcast the result on YouTube. Remember the love and the laughter of this election season with the now-classic music video, "I've Got a Crush... On Obama."

A Tribute to Those Who Stumbled on the Trail

And now, let's take a moment to honor those whose campaigns just couldn't go the distance to Election Day, both in 2008 and in years past.

Early in his failed 2008 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney sought to establish himself with Republicans who had questioned his support of gun rights. Declaring that he’d been a lifelong hunter, Romney was then forced to backtrack and clarify that he had been a “rodent and rabbit hunter, small varmints, if you will” since the age of 15. Unfortunately, the “varmint defense” just didn't go over too well, and Romney eventually dropped out of the race.

Who can forget the classic moment in the 2004 campaign when Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean sought to rally the troops with a speech reminiscent of a high school coach at a pep rally. Energized by the crowd, Dean got louder and more passionate with every word, listing the states he would hit next, until he ended it all with a blistering, broken-voiced “YEAH!” Dubbed the “Dean Scream,” the clip was played endlessly on television, lampooned by comedians and remixed across the Web. Dean left center stage soon after.

Leave it to the Professionals

When it comes to portraying presidents and candidates, no one can do it better than the professional comedians of "Saturday Night Live." Tina Fey's success as Sarah Palin certainly bears that out, but she's just the latest shining installment of a fine SNL tradition.

For example, take a look at this 1990s sketch starring the late, great Phil Hartman, in which Bill Clinton takes a super-sized break.

Meanwhile, SNL alum Will Ferrell's impersonation of our current president, George W. Bush, has been so admired that he's actually taking the act to Broadway. See what all the fuss is about in this advertisement from a few years back, produced by the now-defunct liberal organization America Coming Together.


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