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Now it's Joe Biden's turn on the 'SNL' skewer

October 26, 2008 |  6:40 am

Following several weeks of hilarity at the expense of GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, "Saturday Night Live" took aim last night at her Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, and these comments he made during a Seattle fund-raiser: "Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. ...  Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said: Watch, we're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."

For good measure, the "SNL" writers threw in the recent remarks by Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) in which he described his home base of western Pennsylvania as a "racist area."

The sketch -- purportedly a C-SPAN segment titled "Sen. Biden and  Rep. Murtha Say Crazy Things in Johnstown, Pa." -- opened with "Biden" (Jason Sudeikis) and "Murtha" (Darrell Hammond) campaigning in Murtha's home district. (Click on the Read more... line to see the video.)

HAMMOND AS MURTHA: "How's everybody doin' today? Now before we get started, I want to clear the air about something I said last week, when I suggested that the good people here in Western Pennsylvania are racist. That's not at all what I meant to say. It's more that they're ignorant, and they don't know any better. Especially your older ones. They're just bone ignorant. It's like someone said earlier in the campaign -- I don't remember who -- that they cling to guns and religion, because they feel threatened. And that's so true."

But it was Biden and his penchant ...

... for grandiose statements -- punctuated by gladhanding with local politicos -- that got most of the attention:

SUDEIKIS AS BIDEN: "Thanks, Jack. Congressman Jack Murtha, everybody! Let me tell you something, Johnstown! Two weeks from now, with the help of the people of Western Pennsylvania, we're going to elect a new president. President Barack Obama! (NOTICING SOMEONE IN CROWD) And I see we've got Pete Harrigan here today! Stand up, Pete! Good to see ya!

"And let me tell you something else. And listen to me well. As sure as I'm standing here today, during his first few weeks in office, this brilliant young president, is going to be tested. Tested by an international crisis, the likes of which this nation has never before seen. A deliberately manufactured crisis, designed to test his mettle. Now, in this crisis, he will have to make decisions. Decisions that may at first, to the casual observer, seem ill considered. Our military may invade Pakistan. Or surrender to the Chinese. We may sell Hawaii to Saudi Arabia. Or just destroy it, so it can't fall into North Korean hands. But just reserve your judgment. We know what we're doin'. (NOTICING SOMEONE ELSE IN THE CROWD) Hey! Mickey Doyle! County Treasurer! How ya doin'?"

HAMMOND AS MURTHA: "If I could say something here. Earlier, what I said about Western Pennsylvania being ignorant. I was misquoted. I meant more, 'backward.' Your people out here just don't understand the modern world. 'Cause they're uneducated, and they don't have radios or that kind of thing. Also, they're racists."

SUDEIKIS AS BIDEN: "Mark my words. If you take away nothing else from what I say here today, or indeed, in this entire campaign, remember this: If Barack Obama is elected, we will have a crisis. And when this crisis hits, and it will, in the second week of February, we may do some weird things. We may cede Florida back to Spain, or Alaska to the Russians. We may blow up every nuclear power plant in the country. We may set fire to Washington, D.C. We may round up all French-Canadians. But don't lose faith. It's all part of a plan. (SEES SOMEONE ELSE IN THE CROWD) Hey! There's Pat Reardon, a great assistant D.A. here in Greene County! Good to see ya, Pat!"

(How close were the "SNL" writers in using Biden's own words against him, much as they picked up on Palin's language during her interview with Katie Couric? Check out this report on Biden's comments from ABC News.)

-- Leslie Hoffecker