Saturday Night Live Explains Obama Immigration Action Using Schoolhouse Rock!
You remember Schoolhouse Rock! and “I’m Just a Bill,” right? It debuted in 1975 and was used throughout classrooms in the 1970s to 1980s (and even the 90s because I grew up with this). It was designed to explain to schoolchildren the process of how a bill becomes a law. As the song explains, a bill needs to pass the House and the Senate before the President can sign legislation to make it a law.
Saturday Night Live decided that due to some recent events, this needed an update. In light of President Obama using executive action to grant legal status to 5 million undocumented workers, the show attempted to reacquaint us with how this stuff works now by infusing a cigarette-smoking executive order (played by Bobby Moynihan) who tells the schoolboy, “I just happen.”
The skit includes President Obama, portrayed by Jay Pharoah, pushing the bill who hopes to be a law someday (Kenan Thompson) down the Capitol steps. Meanwhile, the schoolboy witnessing all of this says, “I think I want to go into the private sector.”
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