‘SNL’ returns with new Joe Biden, seeking to unite Democrats

The NBC variety show returned for the season premiere on Saturday and opened its 47th season with new actor James Austin Johnson as Biden.

“What’s cooking, what’s good?” Johnson’s Biden said, kicking off the premiere. “How was everyone’s summer? Mine was bad.”

Johnson’s Biden added that on the bright side, he “spent the whole summer without even falling down the stairs.”

Johnson’s Biden then brought out a group of fellow Democrats from different ends of the political spectrum. This included Senator Kyrsten Sinema, played by Cecily Strong, and Senator Joe Manchin, played by Aidy Bryant, as well as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, played by Melissa Villaseñor, and Representative Ilhan Omar, played by Ego Nwodim.

“Is it just me or does she look like all the characters in ‘Scooby-Doo’ at the same time?” Johnson’s Biden said of Strong’s Sinema.

After thanking Biden for not “calling me Kamala”, Nwodim’s Omar said she was “designed in a lab to give Tucker Carlson a heart attack.”

Johnson’s Biden was trying to unite the two sides in hopes of completing the infrastructure bill. It didn’t work.

“I’m saying we need at least $ 300 billion in clean energy tax credits,” Ocasio-Cortez de Villaseñor said.

“And I say $ 0,” Bryant Manchin replied.

“See? Same page!” Johnson’s Biden said.

Johnson’s Biden continued to try to find common ground. He asked if everyone likes roads, for example. Strong’s Sinema said she didn’t want roads.

“No roads?” Johnson’s Biden asked. “Why?”

“Chaos,” she replied.

The group was later joined by other Democrats like former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, played by Pete Davidson, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, played by Alex Moffat. Both were there to promote the books. The name of Schumer’s book was “Sandwiches I Loved and Tried” while Cuomo’s book was titled “Oops”.

Johnson’s Biden said that basically Democrats, despite their differences, are all the same.

Davidson’s Cuomo then stepped in, “screwed up!”

Then the entire cast kicked off the final season with the traditional sign “Live from New York … It’s Saturday Night!”

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