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Will Ferrell returns to SNL as George W. Bush


Updated: Sunday, December 13, 2015, 5:44 AM

Will Ferrell reprised his impression of George W. Bush on "Saturday Night Live" to mock all the other Republican presidential candidates. NBC

Will Ferrell reprised his impression of George W. Bush on “Saturday Night Live” to mock all the other Republican presidential candidates. 

Bush is back and ready for a third term.

Will Ferrell returned to “Saturday Night Live” under the guise of George W. Bush announcing a third shot at President and snarking on the Republican frontrunners, including Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

“The field of Republicans out there is so messed up, I figured it makes you miss me,” Ferrell said.

The actor reprised his popular impression of the 43rd President, mocking each candidate as an unfitting replacement for the Oval Office — even Bush’s own brother.

“Oh boy. Poor Jeb,” Ferrell said as Bush. “You gotta admit it’s a pretty good plot twist that I turned out to be the smart one.”

In his fourth cameo since leaving Saturday Night Live in 2002, a year after Bush entered office, Ferrell offered his caricature as the more favorable choice despite being term limited.

After all, Bush has the experience, he noted.

“I’ve got news for (Carson),” he said. “Running the country is not brain surgery. Trust me, I know.”

The real Bush’s dislike for fellow Texan Ted Cruz is widely known.

“I just don’t like the guy,” Bush reportedly said in October.

Cruz had his own cameo on the show when Ferrell compared the senator beside Rubio, pointing out that each candidate has a contradicting stance on immigration policy.

“These two guys — the son of immigrants — hate immigrants.”

He then poked fun — breaking into laughter — at an especially blustery photo of Trump and the billionaire’s toxic call to ban Muslims from the United States.

“Whenever I get in a bad mood, I just picture his big fat, orange Oompa Loompa face,” he said from a presidential podium. “I just piss my pants.”

“And now he says he wants to keep Muslims out … that’s like saying let’s keep all the Leprechauns out,” Ferrell said.

“We tried tiny leprechaun internment camps in the late 1920s and you all know it backfired,” Ferrell added. “And that’s why they’re so hard to find.”

The cold open was Ferrell’s only appearance on the episode. He hosted Saturday Night Live in 2005, 2009 and 2012. 


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