Election 2012: A History of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Presidents (GALLERY)

Peggy Truong / November 3, 2012

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As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney gear up for Tuesday’s big election day, Celebuzz is taking a trip down political memory lane — by way of Saturday Night Live.

This September, when SNL kicked off its 38th season, President Obama had a new “face.” After four seasons of long pauses and hand gestures, Fred Armisen had passed the Obama torch to Jay Pharoah, whose young SNL resume has included portraying Jay-ZDenzel Washington and Eddie Murphy. And so far, Pharoah has delivered.

In honor of the 2012 presidential election, here’s a look back at some of the commander-in-chiefs that have been featured on SNL.

When George W. Bush was in office for two terms, he had many, many faces on the NBC show, thanks to the talents of Jason Sudeikis, Darrell Hammond, Chris Parnell and Will Ferrell.

Last season, when Ferrell returned to the show as host, the actor put on his Bush hat again for the cold opening, opposite Sudeikis’ Joe Biden (which has since become a fan favorite).

For more than three decades, SNL audiences have been treated to a smorgasbord of political satire, which has included arguably some of the best performances the show has ever seen.

Do you have a favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ president or performance? Check out the gallery, above, and share your thoughts below!

Stay tuned to Celebuzz for continued coverage of the 2012 Election.

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