Michele Bachmann reviews ‘Saturday Night Live’

WASHINGTON — Here’s a fun fact about a member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation: Michele Bachmann is a fan of “Saturday Night Live.”

At the tail end of an interview this week on a variety of topics, Bachmann mentioned that she’s a huge fan of SNL. She said she thinks the show is hilarious.

But how did she feel about the skit last fall in which SNL poked a little fun at her?

You might recall that the Bachmann send-up in September was part of SNL’s take on the Joe Wilson “You Lie!” controversy, where a group of Republican lawmakers huddled to plan their response. Kristen  Wiig-as-Bachmann’s contribution was a single line:  “How about we yell, ‘You lie, you freedom-hating, secret half-Muslim’?”

 “It’s a compliment because the actress, I think her name is Kristen Wiig, she is one of the most talented actresses out there, she’s so talented and I’m just honored that they chose her to do the portrayal, she’s really funny and really good,” Bachmann said in an interview with MinnPost this week.

“And she’s drop-dead gorgeous, so any day of the week I will take a beautiful actress doing a satirical sketch.”

The Star Tribune’s Bob von Sternberg called  Wiig’s Bachmann impression “a reasonable satiric facsimile” while City Pages’ Kevin Hoffman said Wiig “bears a passing resemblance to the the congresswoman – it’s no [Sarah] Palin/[Tina] Fey – but she needs to work on the crazy eyes.”

Judge for yourself on the above video, but I think Wiig has Bachmann’s accent down pat, and frankly the two do look a lot alike. Perhaps there’ll be an on-screen get-together with both Bachmanns on a future SNL episode?

Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 05/28/2010 - 09:20 am.

    I’ll never read either of the last two stories about Bachmann. But I notice her photo on your front page two days in a row? You should know this may be a serious disincentive to visit your website.

  2. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 05/28/2010 - 12:34 pm.

    She just doesn’t get it. She was parodied on the show because they think she’s a nut. She would be just the person, who without much exaggeration, would say some sort of outlandish nonsense.

    She’s honored that she was played by a good actress? Wow! George W. Bush must have been honored that Josh Brolin, a really good actor, played him in W. Or Richard Nixon would have been proud that Frank Langella portrayed him in Frost/Nixon. And Dictator Idi Amim would be ecstatic because Forest Whitaker won the Oscar for his portrayal of the crazy Amin.

  3. Submitted by Steve Rose on 05/28/2010 - 12:38 pm.

    Paul:

    MinnPost not leaning left enough for you? Some days, I wonder how it keeps from falling over. But, I like that, because I’m in the other choir. I don’t care to hear preaching that sounds like my own words.

    I thought the SNL portrayal of Bachmann was good. Later in that clip, there is an entertaining portrayal of James Carville too.

  4. Submitted by Steve Rose on 05/28/2010 - 01:25 pm.

    Jeremy:

    Bachmann can take a joke and roll with it. What kind of politican does that? She should be delusionally self important, like many of her DC contemporaries.

  5. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 05/28/2010 - 03:47 pm.

    @Steve,

    When damn little of Bachmann seams to touch earth, I don’t assume she can take a joke and roll with it. Nowhere is that evident. Not in the fact-challenged political rantings, the never-blinking Stepford Wife eyes, the lack of ironic understanding when she talked about how many people in her district work two jobs. NOWHERE!

  6. Submitted by r batnes on 05/28/2010 - 04:14 pm.

    I’m not sure if Bachmann is really in on the joke. My fear is when she hears a quote such as “You lie, you freedom-hating, secret half- Muslim.”, she finds humor in it because that’s what she actually believes. Frankly, it’s not far off the mark of what she’s actually been quoted as saying about this administration.

  7. Submitted by Karl Bremer on 05/29/2010 - 08:21 am.

    While MinnPost is reporting on Michele Bachmann’s critique of Saturday Night Live, ThinkProgress is reporting on Bachmann’s call for an end to funding of everything from the EPA to all foreign aid:

    http://thinkprogress.org/2010/05/28/bachmann-nclb-repeal/

  8. Submitted by Steve Rose on 05/31/2010 - 10:50 am.

    Is ending or drastically reducing foreign aid unthinkable? With staggering debt and deficit, it might be time to rethink foreign hand-outs.

    The earthquake in Haiti has given us all a view into the return on our investments in that little island nation. We have poured billions into Haiti, as have other nations. What has the money accomplished? Is accomplishing little justification for sending billions more?

    As individuals, there are organizations we can support in Haiti (and the Dominican Republic), like Kids Alive. Kids Alive provides housing and schooling to impoverished and orphaned children.

    Americans are the most generous givers on the planet, and we could give even more if we carried a lighter tax burden.

  9. Submitted by Matt Lewis on 06/04/2010 - 10:02 am.

    Sorry, Steve, but foreign aid is less than 1% of the federal budget. It’s miniscule. And most of it goes to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Israel.

    If you’re going to talk about cutting spending, talk about where the money is: entitlements and defense. Except that the GOP demagogued the Dems for making small cuts to Medicare in the ACA, and demagogued the Dems for their defense budget last year that INCREASED spending,saying they were “gutting” the military (Inhofe’s words, not mine).

    And give me a break on taxes. Taxes are the lowest right now for a median income family that they’ve been since 1955, the earliest year data was available.

  10. Submitted by Lori Tolonen on 06/04/2010 - 03:13 pm.

    Yes, she has Bachmann down perfectly. As an additional help everyone should know Michele used to be Michelle with two LLs. But she had her name changed because she didn’t want the word hell in her name.

  11. Submitted by Steve Rose on 06/07/2010 - 07:18 am.

    Matt:

    I’d love to give you a break on taxes.

    I think we have some information available regarding taxation in the US prior to 1955. For instance, in 1913, the top federal tax bracket(>$500K) paid 7%.

    The fact that federal aid is one percent of the budget, says more about the budget than it does about aid. $13 billion is not insignificant. We should take a hard look at every percent of the budget. Budget deficit and debt is no way to operate a family, a company, or a country.

  12. Submitted by Dan Pederson on 06/09/2010 - 11:22 am.

    I went to taxfoundation.org to check out the top federal tax rates. From 1917 to 1954 the average top rate was 68%. It went as high as 92%,including seven years at 25% during the 1920’s. From 1917 to 1980 the top average top rate was 72%. From 1980 to present the average top rate was 39%. It’s misleading to suggest that pre-1955 top tax rates were lower than recent times.

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