Live from New York, it's Salahi Night Live!
No, it wasn't really the Salahis.
But as expected/hoped/dreaded, Saturday Night Live did kick off tonight's episode with a riff on NoVa's own fauxialite White House crashers - this time crashing a presidential press conference.
The set-up: President Obama (Fred Armisen, as usual) giving a speech in Allentown, Penn., about the economy. Just as he says how he's "grateful for the chance to get away form Washington and its many distractions," who should sidle in from the wings but Tareq and Michaele Salahi - or rather, SNL regulars Bobby Moynihan and Kristen Wiig, in tuxedo and familiar red sari. Their bit continues in very funny pantomime behind an unwitting president as he continues to give his speech. The SNLalahis strike poses; he takes a photo of her leaning on POTUS; the Secret Service tries to stop them; they end up posing for photos with the agents. Cameo by SNL's Jason Sudeikis as a happy-to-pose-with-ya Joe Biden.
The skit unfolded just as our colleague Lisa de Moraes told you Friday it would. And truly, how could SNL resist a Salahi sketch? The only question really was whether the Salahis themselves would show up on set - a rumor that started to fly in recent days and which de Moraes noted wouldn't have been the craziest thing to happen, what with the couple making their one press appearance this week on the same network, for NBC's "Today." As she wrote: "The Salahis are practically a part of the NBC Universal family, what with them being the most visible 'possible' participants in the upcoming "Real Housewives of DC" on NBC Universal-owned Bravo cable network." But no such luck - unless they turn up on Weekend Update? Watching... waiting...
UPDATED 12:25 a.m.
No luck -- no Salahis. Just one joke from Seth Meyers, who notes that on "Today," the couple "said the ensuing media firestorm has destroyed everything they've worked for. But then they remembered: They've never worked for anything."
The Reliable Source
December 6, 2009; 12:09 AM ET
Categories: White House crashers
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