SNL Cold Open From 12/17/16

Saturday Night Live has been doing some wonderful dissing of Donald Trump and his entire litany of assholishness, and last night was no exception. This bit highlights the vapidity of Kellyanne Conway, as well as the intellectual and moral unscrupulousness of Trump and his entire entourage. I share it as a useful historical document.

Also joining in this cold open is John Goodman, who portrays Rex Tillerson, the Exxon CEO Trump has tapped as his new Secretary of State. Tillerson has a very close relationship with Vladimir Putin, having been awarded Russia’s highest honor for a non-citizen, the Medal of friendship, and his appointment as SoS portends a very disturbing future for U.S., Russian relationships, as well as our response to climate change.

In the video, Putin gifts Trump with an Elf on the Shelf, putting it on the mantel, where he pushes a button which then offers an electronic winding up sound, as if a piece of equipment was spinning up and ready to perform. He then tells Alec Baldwin’s Trump to keep it close to his wifi router <Hint, hint. Wink,  wink>.

As all of these cold opens have been, it’s funny, topical, and (hopefully) it really pisses off Teh Donald™ and his cadres of deplorables. Enjoy!

About Rick Ladd

Born in 1947, I am an officially retired pensioner who still has two teenage daughters and a desire to contribute. I remain intensely interested in, and fascinated by, Systems Thinking, Machine Learning, Knowledge Management, Decision Intelligence, and Business in general. I am also conversant in such concepts as innovation and ideation, collaborative tools and strategies, crowdsourcing, and the use of social media to accomplish goals ranging from improving business processes to promoting small retail businesses. Since my "retirement" I have done a little bit of freelancing as an editor/proofreader, as well as some technical writing. I've also done a fair amount of Facebook marketing as well. There's lots more where that came from. Need some help? Perhaps another set of eyes? Contact me. The first one's free! ;0) View all posts by Rick Ladd

3 responses to “SNL Cold Open From 12/17/16

  • Steve

    I’m curious why you chose to post this on your Systems Savvy blog as you already post this kind of partisan content on both Facebook and Twitter — aren’t those forums enough?


    • Rick Ladd

      Steve – When I first read your comment, I had no idea who you were and thought I was just being trolled. Now that I know, I think you deserve a more complete response than a dismissive “No.” The reason I post in all these places – sometimes more than just the three you’ve mentioned – is they reach different audiences. Facebook, for instance, consists of people I have chosen to be friends with, whereas my Twitter account consists of people who have chosen to follow me regardless of our relationship. My blog consists of people who are, unless they choose to post a comment or upvote my post, completely transparent to me. In fact, your comment is a perfect example of the difference. Because you don’t have a picture of yourself available to accompany your comment, I had no idea who you were. At any rate, I actually want to ramp up my use of this blog to share my beliefs, as well as my wishes and dreams, regarding the direction I believe our society – and country – would fare best in heading. If that’s considered “partisan”, so be it. I don’t know how much longer I have, but I keep gravitating to the thought that I’m in the home stretch . . . and I need to do what I can to leave a mark. IMLTHO, we are heading in the opposite direction of where we need to go.


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