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Breaking News: A surprise Halloween party guest

November 3, 2007 | 11:42 pm

Oh, those wicked and naughty--and clever--folks over at the Barack Obama campaign offices.

Someone casually watching NBC's "Saturday Night Live" show tonight wouldn't have expected any surprises during the opening sketch about a mock Hillary Clinton Halloween party at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. Guests kept complimenting "Hillary," adorned in a bride's dress, on her witch's costume.

One after another the regular cast came out in costumes and accents and hairdos of vague resemblance to the other Democratic presidential candidates. But to make sure you got it, "Bill" had to say something like, "Oh, look! It's Joe Biden and Chris Dodd." Hardy har-har.

But then someone unfamiliar came out in a Barack Obama mask. "Who is that under there?" "Hillary" asked.

What a surprise when the mystery guest removed the mask and it was the real Barack Obama. Large audience screams and applause. And that big Obama smile.

"So you dressed as yourself?" "Hillary" asked.

"I have nothing to hide," said the real Obama. "I enjoy being myself. I'm not gonna change who I am just because it's Halloween."

Oooh, ouch! Guest host Brian Williams was funnier. But you can't buy time like that. See for yourself.

--Andrew Malcolm

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