SNL has skewered every president since Ford. All of them reacted the same way — until now.

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SNL has skewered every president since Ford. All of them reacted the same way — until now.

Post by sanfordandson » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:39 pm

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Gerald Ford had been in office just more than a year when the words “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” were first broadcast across the land. And almost immediately, Ford became the first president to face a question every president — including the current occupant of the Oval Office — has had to answer since: how to respond to Saturday Night Live’s parody at the real president’s expense.

The show’s Ford was Chevy Chase, a lanky slapstick comedian who portrayed the commander in chief as President Pratfall, a genial bungler stumbling across the world stage with a complacent grin.

That was not how the president — an avid tennis player who had been a college football star — saw himself.

“He was probably our most athletic president,” said Ford’s press secretary Ron Nessen, now 84 and living in suburban Maryland. “It really bothered him to be portrayed as a klutz.”
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But in public, Ford’s reaction to the Saturday Night sendups was very different: He laughed. The president invited the entertainer who skewered him to the White House. When Chase was the featured comedian at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in 1976, Ford embraced the shtick, scattering papers and silverware across the dais, mostly on Chase’s lap.

It was a strategy that most media-age image consultants would hail as a no-brainer: hide your pique, show you can take a joke, don’t let your bruised feelings become the next story. It was more or less the way every subsequent president has handled his NBC doppelganger. Until now. President Trump doesn’t laugh.

On Saturday night, he was again the target of Alec Baldwin in a skit about his bizarre meeting last week with rapper Kanye West.
As Kanye, played by Chris Redd, goes on about the 13th Amendment and other topics, the president, played by Emmy-winning Baldwin, comes to the conclusion that Kanye is completely nuts and the black version of Trump himself.

Trump has reacted furiously to Baldwin repeatedly in the past, tweeting that it is “agony for those forced to watch,” and that “the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse.”
“It’s crazy,” said Democratic consultant Paul Begala of Trump’s hit-back response to Baldwin’s baiting. The tit-for-tat has, inevitably, taken on a life of its own and magnified the reach of the brief skits.

“It only makes the critique more powerful,” Begala said. Ford got it right the first time: “You just smile and move on.”

But that wasn’t the obvious answer in the mid-1970s when the near-weekly satirizing of the president on national television was a new thing. Presidential pride could have easily demanded some scolding harrumphs.
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Re: SNL has skewered every president since Ford. All of them reacted the same way — until now.

Post by SupStk » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:29 pm

Last thing in the world I'd expect is the Libtard soaked SNL to act decently toward a Republican. Its so disgusting to me I haven't watched it regulary since Clinton was pres. I didn't get the feeling it was the knife in the back and slap in the face then like it is now.
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Re: SNL has skewered every president since Ford. All of them reacted the same way — until now.

Post by sanfordandson » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:45 pm

SupStk wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:29 pm
Last thing in the world I'd expect is the Libtard soaked SNL to act decently toward a Republican. Its so disgusting to me I haven't watched it regulary since Clinton was pres. I didn't get the feeling it was the knife in the back and slap in the face then like it is now.
You have thin skin...I understand. Dont watch it may hurt your precious fragile feelings.

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Re: SNL has skewered every president since Ford. All of them reacted the same way — until now.

Post by 1989TransAm » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:47 pm

Snowflaking ain't easy. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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Post by exhaustgases » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:44 am

The difference is now its all just evil nasty crap, unlike the old days when most comedians were actually "funny".
And the nasty crap is just regurgitated crap that cnn and the others push all day long. So you all think crud mouth racist kimmel is funny?

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Post by sanfordandson » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:23 am

1989TransAm wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:47 pm
Snowflaking ain't easy. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
You make it look easy though.... :lol:

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Re: SNL has skewered every president since Ford. All of them reacted the same way — until now.

Post by j-c-c » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:21 pm

SupStk wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:29 pm
Last thing in the world I'd expect is the Libtard soaked SNL to act decently toward a Republican. Its so disgusting to me I haven't watched it regulary since Clinton was pres. I didn't get the feeling it was the knife in the back and slap in the face then like it is now.
Sounds like then they are now hitting pretty close to home, in that the truth hurts. =D>

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Re: SNL has skewered every president since Ford. All of them reacted the same way — until now.

Post by SupStk » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:45 pm

j-c-c wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:21 pm
SupStk wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:29 pm
Last thing in the world I'd expect is the Libtard soaked SNL to act decently toward a Republican. Its so disgusting to me I haven't watched it regulary since Clinton was pres. I didn't get the feeling it was the knife in the back and slap in the face then like it is now.
Sounds like then they are now hitting pretty close to home, in that the truth hurts. =D>
You missed again!
Now its pure hatred, has a vindictiveness, with an ample dose of bullying. SNL is no longer a good natured roast where everyone including the victims agree its funny.
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Re: SNL has skewered every president since Ford. All of them reacted the same way — until now.

Post by j-c-c » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:19 pm

SupStk wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:45 pm
j-c-c wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:21 pm
SupStk wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:29 pm
Last thing in the world I'd expect is the Libtard soaked SNL to act decently toward a Republican. Its so disgusting to me I haven't watched it regulary since Clinton was pres. I didn't get the feeling it was the knife in the back and slap in the face then like it is now.
Sounds like then they are now hitting pretty close to home, in that the truth hurts. =D>
You missed again!
Now its pure hatred, has a vindictiveness, with an ample dose of bullying. SNL is no longer a good natured roast where everyone including the victims agree its funny.
Hatred is often in the eye of the beholder.

Bullying? DT "punches back 10 times harder", guess he and his supporters got a glass jaw.

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