Will Ferrell returns to ‘SNL’ as George W. Bush in hilarious sketch

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Remember 2007? A surge of U.S. troops was headed to the Iraq War, stocks were down, and the housing market was about to crash. Oh—and George W. Bush was president.

Will Ferrell revived his role as Bush in a hilarious cold open on Saturday Night Live, and he came with a few reminders. First and foremost, he warned Americans to stop romanticizing the Bush presidency in light of Donald Trump’s.

“I just wanted to address my fellow Americans tonight and remind you guys that I was really bad,” said Ferrell as Bush. “Like, historically not good.”

After reminding people of some of the bad things that happened during Bush’s time in the Oval Office (“Hey, what has two thumbs and created ISIS? This guy.”), Ferrell was joined by SNL cast member Leslie Jones, who took on the role of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The two broke into a song to the tune of the opening theme from the sitcom All in the Family about the good ol’ days of the Bush years with lines like “The housing market went to hell / Nazis kept it to themselves.”

Watch the full sketch here.

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.