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SNL: Barack Obama Complains He Has No Power

SNL: Barack Obama Complains He Has No Power

Saturday Night Live spoofed President Barack Obama's ineffective leadership, with Obama counting down everyone in America who has more power than he does.

First remarking that his major speech to Congress about his jobs bill got him two things -- "jack and squat" -- Obama said the Supreme Court could possibly kill his health care law when it takes it up later this term.

"That's right, take my signature piece of legislation into a quiet room and shoot it in the back of the head like Joe Pesci in 'Goodfellas,'" he said.

That's OK though, because Obama said he realizes he's "more of a ceremonial figurehead" and just one of many who have influence in the U.S. -- and he's near the bottom. With the help of a chart, Obama started counting down the top 13 of "America's Most Powerful." Among them:

  • Congress. "Do they do anything? No. But because of them, no one else can either. "They’re like Hotel California. My legislation checks in, but it can it never leave."
  • Grover Norquist. "He got 276 Republicans and three Democrats to sign a pledge that they will never raise taxes under any circumstances. Wow. I tried to get some Democratss to pledge to buy some Girl Scout cookies from my daughter Malia and all I got was a 'maybe' from Nancy Pelosi."
  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
  • A tie between George Soros and the Koch Brothers. "I know they would like to be lumped together."
  • Verizon customer service

When he reached No. 11, Obama said, "And finally me, the president. Barely above Pippa Middleton, and the Kia Gerbils."

"See, I may not have all the power I used to, but I still have more than all of the Republican candidates combined," he concluded.

Watch the skit below, via NBC:

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