‘SNL’ cold open shows Joe meeting ‘ghost of Biden past’ as problems mount, poll numbers drop


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Jason Sudeikis guest-hosted the October 23 episode

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President Biden’s version of “Saturday Night Live” was wishing the good old days — before he was commander-in-chief — in this weekend’s cold open.

The sketch shows Biden (played by new “SNL” cast member James Austin Johnson) grappling with poor poll numbers, Democratic infighting, and criticism of his policies.


“Things are about to change though?” Biden pressures White House press secretary Jen Psaki (Chloe Fineman) to explain that his “CNN town hall was not seen by anyone and your approval rating is in the dumpster.

“I’m bad at lying so I’m going to leave,” she said before exiting.

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Johnson’s Biden then begins to recall his carefree pre-Oval Office days.

“I don’t understand,” he said. “People loved me. The press called me Uncle Joe. I miss the old man. Where did that guy go?”

Suddenly, guest host Jason Sudeikis appears before him, as Obama-era Vice President Biden.

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“I’m You From Eight Years Ago, Man. The Ghost Of Biden Past. Boo!” Sudeikis, wearing Biden’s trademark aviator sunglasses, told Johnson.

“How can you be mine?” Johnson’s Biden thought. “You seem so happy, so carefree, so… what word am I looking for?”

“Lucid,” replied the second Biden. He told where he is from – 2013 – Biden is still vice president.

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

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

But that doesn’t stop Biden-past rubbing a shoulder when asking him to “loosen” his 2021 selves.

He then gets a “phlegm” of the scent of his latter self’s neck before telling her that he doesn’t want to sound sexist, “But you gotta smile more, sweetie.”

The Biden-President then complained that for him “the last president ruined everything” by hanging out with porn stars, serving fast food at the White House, and getting into a fight with the Pope.

“Wow, Hillary is awesome!” Unknown 2013 Biden responded.

The Biden-present then went on to reveal his past that he was disappointed with Democratic liberal Sen. Joe Manchin, to which the young Biden quipped that he only cared about the “Playboy mansion.”

Prepared to return in 2013, Biden-Past advises to stand tall and flash your old self “with all the 100% natural choppers we have and remember that we may be from different eras but of the day.” In the end we’re both Joe freakin’ Biden.”

Sudeikis, a former “SNL” member, has previously played Biden on the show. He is now starring in the hit TV series “Ted Lasso”.

Brandi Carlile was the musical guest.

The “Weekend Update” segment of the show also took some jibes at the president, joking that he has an “approval rating” when he admitted that he had not visited the southern border.

“Insiders are also saying that President Biden repeatedly uses the ‘F’ word in conversation during meetings,” co-host Colin Jost said in a setup. “More concerning, the ‘F’ word he keeps on using is ‘to be forgotten’.”

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