20 Most Savage 'SNL' Political Impersonations

From a vintage "Klutz-in-Chief" to Tea Party icons and a certain thin-skinned POTUS, these were the show's sharpest politico parodies

Gerald Ford (Chevy Chase)

The original SNL Presidential impression really wasn't really an impression at all – it was basically Chase dressed in a suit while falling over desks and Christmas trees, stapling his tie to piece of paper, dumping water on himself and mangling the English language. And yet, the bumbling, stumbling "Klutz in Chief" that was featured prominently in the program's inaugural season still colored the perception of Ford among viewers – and even how the President viewed himself. (The leader once appeared at a D.C. dinner with Chase and purposefully grabbed a table cloth, spilling cutlery everywhere. You can't say he wasn't in on the joke.) It helped cement the show's ability to define public opinion on powerful figures, a legacy the show has obviously carried on through the present day.

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