20 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Political Sketches

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

11. 'First Presidential Debate: Al Gore and George W. Bush' (10/7/2000)

Will Ferrell always played George W. Bush as a sweet-but-dim frat guy, and his final word in this lengthy cold opening  – "Strategery!" – felt like it could have been an actual Dubya-ism. But what's striking is the open way in which SNL attacked Al Gore’s overly intellectual approach. That has a lot to do with Darryl Hammond's impression, in which he somehow affects a tape delay between the beginning and ending of most of the Vice President's words. In a campaign in which the ability to envision drinking a beer with a future Presidential candidate actually swayed voter opinion, this sketch tapped into what helped put Bush into the White House. It also ensured you'd never think of the word "lockbox" the same way again. RM

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