Tuned In Journal: Clinton, Cope surprise on 'SNL'

Sunday, March 2, 2008

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton grabbed the morning show headlines today for her gently self-mocking, good-natured appearance on "Saturday Night Live" last night, but the late Myron Cope received a shout-out, too.

At the end of the Weekend Update segment, after signing off, faux news anchor Seth Meyers pulled a Terrible Towel out from under the anchor desk and began twirling it above his head, a tribute to the late Pittsburgh broadcaster. As we've reported in the past, Meyers has a Pittsburgh connection: His father grew up here and Meyers has always had affection for the city.

As for Clinton, she came on near the top of the show following another sketch that poked fun at a debate with rival Democrat Barack Obama on MSNBC. The real Clinton, appearing with her doppelganger (played by Amy Poehler), offered "an editorial response." NBC provided this transcript, though I think it's from the script rather than what actually transpired (Clinton said something about, "Do I really laugh like that?" after Poehler did her Clinton laugh and I'm not sure this was the exact sign-off used, but it's close enough):

SEN. HILLARY CLINTON : "The scene you just saw was a dramatization of last Tuesday's debate and not an endorsement of one candidate over another. I can say this confidently, because when I asked if I could take it as an endorsement, I was told "absolutely not." But I still enjoyed the sketch a great deal. I simply adore Amy's impression of me."

AMY POEHLER: "Why thank you, Senator. You're looking lovely tonight."

CLINTON: "You are also looking lovely tonight."

POEHLER: "Why thank you."

CLINTON: "I'm going to need those earrings back."

(Poehler laughs like her impression of Clinton, the real Sen. Clinton follows suit)

POEHLER: "So how is the campaign going?"

CLINTON: "Very well! Why? What have you heard? Oh, never mind. Tonight I just want to relax and have fun."

POEHLER: "So no politics?"

CLINTON: "No politics. But, I would like to take this opportunity and say to all Americans, be they from the great states of Ohio or Texas, Rhode Island or Vermont, Pennsylvania or any of the other ones..."

POEHLER/CLINTON: "We're Hillary Clinton and we approve this message: Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!!!"

During Weekend Update, former Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani explained how his campaign collapsed, blaming an appearance on "SNL" in drag years earlier.


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