Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live portraying VP nominee Sarah Palin on SNL’s season premiere. She along with Amy Poehler, as Hillary Clinton, opened the show by asking for an end to sexism in presidential campaigns.
Michael Phelps was the host of this SNL season premiere. Senator Barack Obama was earlier scheduled to make an appearance on the show but cancelled at the last minute due to Hurricane Ike. AP, on the show, says
Many have said Fey bears a resemblance to Palin, a comparison alluded to in the sketch. A frustrated Clinton eventually broke down, complaining about Palin’s ease of ascendance and her “Tina Fey glasses.”
A few digs were made about Palin being less experienced than Clinton. As Poehler’s Clinton bragged about her foreign policy experience, Fey’s Alaskan governor exclaimed: “I can see Russia from my house!”
When Poehler said she disagreed with the Bush Doctrine, Fey’s Palin acknowledged, “I don’t know what that means” — a reference to Palin’s apparent confusion on the subject in her first major interview earlier this week on ABC.
Poehler wrapped up the sketch: “In conclusion, I invite the media to grow a pair. And if you can’t, I will lend you mine.”
Here is the video from NBC of Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton opening SNL: