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‘The Rock’ Obama Replaces Barack for SNL Gold
Screenshot from YouTube: Saturday Night Live

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson might just be the biggest name in Hollywood right now. Few celebrities have mastered the amount of career paths like the Fast and Furious star has. From sacking Heisman Winners while playing football for the Miami Hurricanes to breaking backs in WWE and making millions starring in movies, Dwayne Johnson has done it all.

Unsurprisingly, the former professional wrestler and college football player has flashed his face and bulging muscles on countless TV shows. The Rock has a way with words (and weights) and has no issues making people at home laugh their asses off.

So every time The Rock hosts Saturday Night Live, viewers know they are in for a treat. One of Johnson’s best skits on the longtime comedy sketch show is one in which he rips out of his shirt and throws politicians out of the White House windows. Yeah, remember when The Rock had pretty good odds at winning the presidency in 2020? Turned out that kind of already happened.

Scoot aside, Barack Obama, this is “The Rock” Obama.

“The Rock” Obama on SNL

The Rock Obama is scary. He’s the impulsive and stronger alter ego of the former President of the United States. Even scarier is that he sounds more like President Barack Obama than Obama does. I mean, Johnson really nails Obama’s mannerisms.

“Now, don’t be alarmed,” he tells everyone. “The Rock Obama: much like Barack Obama, only larger and more violent.”

This Hulk-like version of the 45th leader of the free world is also pretty hilarious. In 2015’s “The Rock Obama Cold Open,” President Obama (played by Jay Pharoah) meets with Rep. John Boehner (Taran Killam), Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan) and Sen. Tom Cotton (Kyle Mooney).

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Once the President has been irked enough, The Rock Obama takes over the Oval Office in a fit of rage. He tosses one guy out of the window. He breaks another’s hand clean off his arm. Ted Cruz’s head is spared from being smashed only after Michelle Obama (Sasheer Zamata) stops her husband. To make things funner, she evolves into “She Rock Obama,” played by Leslie Jones.

Screw politics and filibusters and campaign donations. This is what running a country should look like. This is how things get done. Don’t like someone or something they do? Deal with them the old-fashioned way.

“The Rock” Obama’s Other Appearances

The Rock Obama tore a dude’s arm off his body in the “Health Care Gridlock” installment that aired in 2009, one that ended with Joe Biden running through a wall

He also unleashed his fury on GOP leaders in another NBC skit from 2009, once again throwing someone out of the window behind him:

There have numerous former and current athletes to host SNL, including Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. But The Rock isn’t just a buff former player. He is an actor, which takes this up another notch.

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No matter what party you identify with, I think Republicans and Democrats and everyone in between can all appreciate The Rock Obama.

If you don’t, you might face the consequences…

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Patrick has spent parts of the last four years covering University of Florida athletics and spent two seasons with Major League Baseball. He's a baseball junkie who spends his days defending Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. A recent Gator grad, Patrick currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.
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