Saturday Night Live's Version of Hillary vs. Obama [VIDEO]

This video is the absolutely hilarious opening of this past weekend's Saturday Night Live. The first new episode since the writer's strike was one of the show's highest rated in years and one of its sharpest satirically. This particular debate sketch brilliantly skewers both Obama and Hillary.

The mainstream press' frequent adoring coverage of Obama is mocked, one of his debate questions is, "Are you comfortable?" Meanwhile, Hillary's absurd tendency to dismiss every primary defeat as expected is lampooned. Loved Amy Poehler's line about how "Getting blown out by Senator Obama in Maryland has been a dream of mine since childhood."

Even Hillary Clinton herself has weighed in on the sketch, saying it shows the degree in which the press is biased against her. Judge for yourself, check out the clip to your right for more.

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