‘SNL’ cold opening shows Joe meeting ‘ghost of Biden’s past’ as problems mount and poll counts drop

President Biden’s “Saturday Night Live” version wished the good old days – before he was Commander-in-Chief – in the open cold of this weekend.

The skit showed Biden (played by new “SNL” actor James Austin Johnson) grappling with bad poll numbers, Democratic feuds, and criticism of his policies.

“Are things going to change, however?” Biden pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki (Chloe Fineman) after she told him that “CNN town hall is not being watched and your approval rating is in the trash.

“I’m bad at lying so I’m going to go,” she said before stepping out.

Johnson’s Biden then began to recall his carefree days before the Oval Office.

“I don’t understand,” he said. “People used to love me. The press called me Uncle Joe. I miss the old me. Where the hell did this guy go?”

Suddenly guest host Jason Sudeikis, as Obama-era vice president Biden, appeared before him.


“I’m you from eight years ago, man. Ghost from Biden’s past. Boo!” Sudeikis, wearing Biden’s signature aviator sunglasses, told Johnson.

New “Saturday Night Live” cast member James Austin Johnson is the latest comedian to pose as Joe Biden on the sketch show.
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“How can you be me?” Johnson’s Biden wondered. “You look so happy, so carefree, so… what word am I looking for?”

“Lucid,” the other Biden replied. He explained that where he’s from – 2013 – Biden is still vice president.

“The easiest gig in the world. We’re like America’s wacky neighbor, you know? Just walk in with ice cream cones, aviator sunglasses, just finger guns, you know, shake a few hands , rub a few shoulders. “

Johnson’s Biden warned him that in 2021 he was no longer allowed to rub shoulders or shake hands.

But that doesn’t stop Biden-past from rubbing his shoulders in 2021 while telling him to “relax”.

He then smells “scent” of the scent of his last self’s neck before telling him he didn’t want to sound sexist, “but you have to smile more, honey.”

From left to right : "Saturday Night Live" actor Alex Moffat, musical guest Brandi Carlile, guest host Jason Sudeikis and actor Chloe Fineman at NBC's Studio 8H in New York City on October 21, 2021.

Left to right: “Saturday Night Live” cast member Alex Moffat, musical guest Brandi Carlile, guest host Jason Sudeikis and cast member Chloe Fineman at NBC’s Studio 8H in New York City, The October 21, 2021.
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Biden-present then complained that “the last president screwed it up” for him by hanging out with porn stars, serving fast food in the White House and fighting with the Pope.

“Wow, Hillary turned awesome! The ignorant 2013 Biden replied.

Biden-present then told his past that he was frustrated with moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, prompting young Biden to joke that the only Manchin he cared about was the “Playboy Mansion!”

Preparing to return to 2013, Biden-past advised his elder to stand up straight and flash “those 100% natural helicopters that we have and remember we may be from different eras but at the end of the day. , we’re both crazy about Joe ‘Biden. ”


Sudeikis, a former “SNL” cast member, once played Biden on the show. He now stars in the hit television series “Ted Lasso”.

Brandi Carlile was the musical guest.

The show’s “Weekend Update” segment also criticized the president, joking that although he admitted he had not visited the southern border, his “approval rating was.”

“Insiders also say that during meetings, President Biden repeatedly uses the ‘F’ word in conversation,” said co-host Colin Jost in one setup. “More worryingly, the ‘F’ word he continues to use is ‘forget’.”

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