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Laughing at the presidents with 'Saturday Night Live' [Video]

February 21, 2011 |  8:10 am

Governing may be serious business, but Presidents Day is a perfect time to look at some of the funny presidential takeoffs from "Saturday Night Live," which has taken humorous pokes at every standing commander in chief since the show began.

Chevy Chase's clumsy and clueless Gerald Ford had a unique way of trimming the tree and celebrating Christmas:

Darrell Hammond was the "SNL" performer most associated with his spot-on impression of President Clinton. But Phil Hartman also had a hilarious take on the fast food-munching Clinton:

Dana Carvey brought prissiness and precision to his portrayal of George H.W. Bush and his "thousand points of light":

Will Ferrell always exuded a bumbling confidence as George W. Bush, perfecting the imitation so well it eventually wound up on Broadway: 

President Obama has not been a huge fan of Fred Armisen's impression. Armisen is white and uses heavy makeup when he portrays the African American president:

[For the record, 9:33 a.m.: An earlier version of this post misspelled Will Ferrell's last name as Farrell.]

-- Greg Braxton