February 16, 2008

Glimpse of Our Possible Future

First, SNL is back tonight thanks to the end of the writer’s strike. [ Correction: SNL is back with live episodes next weekend - Feb 23rd ]

Second, NBC has put the semi-prophetic “Glimpse of Our Possible Future” skit up on their website. They imagined what the first GW Bush State of the Union Address would be like.

In 2000, they made a skit for each of the three most influential presidential candidates. They tried to go over the top and hit surprisingly close to the mark on a number of their “predictions:” War, Cheney being involved in a hunting accident, “this is HARD”, and the ostriches. (We’re interpreting the tax rebates as ostriches.)

Check it out, if you are so inclined, to be either amused or appalled at the coincidences.

Posted by James at February 16, 2008 9:06 PM
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I see one for Bush and one for Gore - did they also do a skit for Nader? I see only the two.

Posted by: Julie at February 16, 2008 10:06 PM

I think the Gore one you're seeing is the recent one, where he talks about bailing out the oil companies? In the original he keeps mentioning the "lockbox" and he talks about weekly addresses, I think, and it's really boring, I remember he had a huge book. Is that one there?

(In the Nader one, pigs were flying.)

Posted by: Maggie at February 16, 2008 10:44 PM

Yep - the one for Gore isn't the one from 2000. Nader's was a one-line joke, as Maggie mentions. Pigs will fly before Nader is elected.

Posted by: James at February 16, 2008 11:23 PM

Oops - it's not a new SNL. It's one I didn't remember.

Pthhh. Oh well. I was hoping for some much needed (new) satire.

Posted by: James at February 16, 2008 11:33 PM

Oops, you're right. I hadn't watched the Gore skit yet when I posted that.

Damn, it is a rerun. Well, I don't remember it, so it's new to me!

You know, it'd be nice, when they show a rerun, if they'd display the original air date during the opening skit.

Posted by: Julie at February 16, 2008 11:43 PM

I agree; it could have used some temporal context.

Posted by: James at February 16, 2008 11:45 PM

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