“Saturday Night Live” returned from its summer season hiatus this weekend and wasted no time in mocking the Democrats’ infighting relating to the infrastructure invoice.

The chilly open of the present’s forty seventh season additionally launched new solid member James Austin Johnson within the position of President Biden. 

“How was everybody’s summer? Mine was bad!” Johnson as Biden shouted cheerily from a podium throughout a mock information convention. “Not ‘Cuomo bad’ but definitely not ‘Afghanistan good.’ Everyone keeps razzing me about that drone strike – but on the bright side I went the whole summer without falling down the stairs once.”

“How was all people’s summer season? Mine was dangerous! – Not ‘Cuomo bad’ however positively not ‘Afghanistan good.'”

— President Biden (as played by James Austin Johnson)

He said he was also excited that Broadway was back again after a long shutdown. 

But “so is the Taliban,” he added. “So win some, lose some.”

Johnson’s Biden was then joined on one aspect by average Democrats Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Cecily Strong), who stated she didn’t come to Congress to make pals – “and so far mission accomplished!” and Sen. Joe Manchin (Aidy Bryant), who stated if he votes for electrical automobiles as a West Virginia politician, “They’re going to kill me.” 

Representing the progressives on the opposite aspect of the president have been Rep. Ilhan Omar (Ego Nwodim) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Melissa Villaseñor), who known as herself the “Cruella of the Met Gala.”

“I wore a dress that said ‘Tax the rich,’ then spent all night partying with the rich. Oops,” she shrugged. 


Although Biden appeared certain within the sketch that the entire Democrats have been on the identical web page, AOC stated she needed $3 billion for inexperienced power tax credit whereas Manchin was aiming nearer to “zero.”

Musical guest Kacey Musgraves, host Owen Wilson, and Kenan Thompson during Promos in Studio 8H for "Saturday Night Live" on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.

Musical visitor Kacey Musgraves, host Owen Wilson, and Kenan Thompson throughout Promos in Studio 8H for “Saturday Night Live” on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.
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Sinema additionally countered Biden’s suggestion of 12 weeks of paid household depart with “six days” that Manchin amended to “unpaid” and Sinema shortly switched to unpaid “nights.”

“Six unpaid nights of unpaid family [leave]!” Biden agreed triumphantly.

The president later requested if all of them might agree that roads are good.

While Omar stated she appreciated roads and Manchin agreed as a result of they’re the place “trucks live,” Sinema stated she needed no roads to exist as a result of: “chaos.”

Biden’s practice of thought

Biden lastly got here to his favourite topic – trains – close to the tip of the sketch.

“Come on, don’t take trains away from me!” the president – identified for his Amtrak excursions – begged as all 4 of the Democrats groaned at his suggestion. “We need to remind people of the grandeur of American rail travel,” he argued. “The quiet car, the seats that face backwards, the sliding bathroom doors that don’t quite lock … the full bottle of Gatorade rolling around the floor of the train. It goes that way. It goes back. Without trains, no America.” 

Disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Pete Davidson) then got here out to say he believes Democrats can get the infrastructure invoice executed as a result of they’re like one large “Italian family” who wish to hug, kiss and “run their fingers up each other’s backs.” 

He stated identical to him the infrastructure invoice deserves a second probability “and a third chance and up to at least 11 chances.” 

He additionally plugged his new ebook, a follow-up to “Lessons in Leadership” known as “Whoops.” Cuomo was pressured to resign through the summer season after a report from the New York legal professional normal stated he had sexually harassed a number of ladies. 

‘Don’t panic an excessive amount of’

Finally, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat) got here onstage, introducing himself by saying, “You might remember me but you don’t.”

He then reassured Democrats that the subsequent time they get an e mail from the Democratic Party with a “scary, desperate subject line like ‘It’s all over, Jennifer! Democracy is dead unless you donate $7 now!’ Don’t panic too much. Us Democrats are all in this together.”

Biden agreed that “fundamentally we’re all the same …”

“Screwed,” Cuomo added. 

In real-life D.C., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was pressured to delay the vote on the bipartisan infrastructure invoice on Friday after the progressive wing stated they might sink the invoice until it was coupled with a extra progressively formidable $3.5 trillion Build Back Better invoice. 

Owen Wilson made his debut guest-hosting look on “SNL” Saturday and Kacey Musgraves was the musical visitor.