Clinton imitates Trump on 'SNL' The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. CNN Hillary Clinton 's cameo in a comedy skit on "Saturday Night Live" was, like her other media appearances, carefully calibrated to connect with a broad national audience and cross off another item on her campaign checklist without risking outright ridicule. The Democratic frontrunner did not disappoint, and she got what she came for. Errol Louis Instead of playing herself, Clinton appeared as "Val," a bartender pouring drinks and dispensing advice to an ambitious, stressed-out candidate "Hillary," played by comedian Kate McKinnon.
At one point "Hillary" tells the real Clinton she was late in arriving at her current position in support of same-sex marriage "you could have supported it sooner". Another gag centered on "Hillary" being unable to pronounce the word "vacation" and the idea of relaxing.
Clinton pulled off her lines without a hitch. As a first lady, U. But notably absent from the skit were any jokes pointed enough to draw blood. There were no references to questions about classified communications ending up on Clinton's private email server, or about ethics issues related to the money raised and spent by the Clinton Foundation.
Read More What Benghazi probe is really about There was no mention of the upcoming showdown with congressional Republicans over the attack on the U. Kevin McCarthy's suggestion that the Benghazi investigation was designed to harm Clinton's presidential hopes. The jokesters at "Saturday Night Live" didn't even touch on the polls suggesting that a majority of voters consider her to be untrustworthy. One suspects that Clinton's team negotiated limits to how vicious the humor could get, mindful of the night in October when, during the closing weeks of the presidential campaign, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin , then the governor of Alaska, unwisely took part in an over-the-top zany skit that mercilessly lampooned Palin, her family, her state and her campaign as the show's cast laughed at her, not with her.
Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight Photos: The former first lady, U. Hide Caption 1 of 43 Photos: Here she attends Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Her commencement speech at Wellesley's graduation ceremony in attracted national attention.
After graduating, she attended Yale Law School. Hide Caption 2 of 43 Photos: Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight Rodham was a lawyer on the House Judiciary Committee, whose work led to impeachment charges against President Richard Nixon in Hide Caption 3 of 43 Photos: He became the governor of Arkansas in In , the couple had a daughter, Chelsea. Hide Caption 4 of 43 Photos: Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight Arkansas' first lady, now using the name Hillary Rodham Clinton, wears her inaugural ball gown in Hide Caption 5 of 43 Photos: He was governor from to , when he was elected President.
Hide Caption 6 of 43 Photos: Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight Bill Clinton comforts his wife on the set of "60 Minutes" after a stage light broke loose from the ceiling and knocked her down in January Hide Caption 7 of 43 Photos: Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight In June , Clinton uses a sewing machine designed to eliminate back and wrist strain.
Hide Caption 8 of 43 Photos: Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight During the presidential campaign, Clinton jokes with her husband's running mate, Al Gore, and Gore's wife, Tipper, aboard a campaign bus. Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight Clinton accompanies her husband as he takes the oath of office in January Hide Caption 12 of 43 Photos: Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight Clinton waves to the media in January as she arrives for an appearance before a grand jury in Washington.
The first lady was subpoenaed to testify as a witness in the investigation of the Whitewater land deal in Arkansas. The Clintons' business investment was investigated, but ultimately they were cleared of any wrongdoing. Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight The Clintons hug as Bill is sworn in for a second term as President. Hide Caption 14 of 43 Photos: Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight The first lady holds up a Grammy Award, which she won for her audiobook "It Takes a Village" in Hide Caption 15 of 43 Photos: Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight The Clintons dance on a beach in the U.
Virgin Islands in January Later that month, Bill Clinton was accused of having a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Hide Caption 16 of 43 Photos: Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight Clinton looks on as her husband discusses the Monica Lewinsky scandal in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on January 26, Clinton declared, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman.
He was impeached in December on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Hide Caption 17 of 43 Photos: Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight The first family walks with their dog, Buddy, as they leave the White House for a vacation in August Hide Caption 18 of 43 Photos: Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight President Clinton makes a statement at the White House in December , thanking members of Congress who voted against his impeachment.
The Senate trial ended with an acquittal in February Hide Caption 19 of 43 Photos: Hillary Clinton's life in the spotlight Clinton announces in February that she will seek the U. Senate seat in New York. She was elected later that year.