20 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Political Sketches

From 'Trump Voters' to Tina Fey's iconic Sarah Palin – the greatest, funniest, sharpest political 'SNL' sketches

14. 'A Glimpse of Our Possible Future: Bush's State of the Union' (11/4/2000)

SNL doesn't often detour into the realm of political gallows humor, but it wades neck-deep in it here with this glimpse into what an imagined presidency of George W. Bush might be like. This speculative sketch, which aired just three days before the 2000 election, jumps ahead a few months to find the the Great Lakes on fire, the Hoover Dam destroyed and the country embroiled in Civil War. (Viewers would have to wait until 2017 for something like this to become a reality.) We'd become accustomed to Will Ferrell's more benign take on Dubya over the proceeding eight years, but in this one, he's simply a scared guy in over his head. And while Ferrell is the only one onscreen for this sketch – aside from a last-second appearance by an ostrich – special kudos go to Chris Parnell as the Oval Office's last remaining staff member. We only hear his voice, but his offscreen performance evokes desperation so well that it's easy to "see" his horror at what's happening on camera. RM

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