Will Ferrell returns to SNL as George W. Bush to remind America that “I was really bad”
“The point is, I’m suddenly popular AF.”
Such is the preoccupation with Donald Trump these days that it’s easy to lose track of what went on while some of his predecessors reigned in the White House.
So eventful has his time in office been to date, for example, that it seems a lot longer than a year that Barack Obama was president and a lifetime ago that George W. Bush occupied the Oval Office.
Just in case anyone was in danger of pining for the last Republican president before the current one, however (that was in the pre-Twitter era as well, remember), Will Ferrell returned to Saturday Night Live as one of his best-ever characters to remind everyone that it wasn’t exactly a bed of roses back then either.
“Don’t forget, we’re still in two different wars that I started,” Ferrell’s Bush said in an address from the Oval Office, which was actually a set he had built in his basement in Texas so he could “pretend to still be president sometimes”.
“What has two thumbs and created ISIS? This guy,” he added.
Bush has always been one of Ferrell’s best characters and he’s in top form again here; keep an eye and an ear out for the Mount Rushmore line, the comparisons between Mike Pence and Dick Cheney and the reference to Bush famously getting hit by a shoe during a press conference.
Clip via Saturday Night Live