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Barack Obama emerged mostly unscathed by the media during the 2008 presidential election—save for the “terrorist fist bump” caricature on the cover of The New Yorker. The most skewering Saturday Night Live has dished out is a mild take on his dulcet-yet-dull cadence and his loquacious VP. But Second City, the Chicago improv comedy troupe that launched the careers of SNLgreats Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Mike Meyers, and Bill Murray, gives “Chicago’s favorite son” his satiric due with Barack Stars. The bipartisan sketches aim their gotcha gun at everything in sight, from the city’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics to swine flu and the stimulus package.
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