President Obama’s reelection not only ends the long presidential campaign, but it also brings the curtain down on a long era of campaign comedy.
That appeared to be the purpose of a sketch seen on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday night in which Jimmy Fallon once again played Mitt Romney and “Late Night” performer Dion Flynn played President Obama — as Tuesday night’s victor accepted a concession phone call from the man he defeated.
“Well, I guess this is good-bye,” said Fallon, as Romney, toward the end of the sketch. “Virtual hug?” he asked Obama.
To which the “president” said, “Yeah,” and the two, who were pictured in separate locations enjoying one last private phone call with each other, each mimed an embrace of the other.
It was a surprisingly touching moment for a sketch that seemed designed to serve as a capper for all the sketches produced on the “Fallon” show over the last few weeks and months as the presidential campaign heated up and the two opponents met in three dramatic, televised debates.
Now, suddenly, it’s over. At the end of this (presumably) last Obama-Romney sketch on “Late Night,” the two characters actually broke through the “wall” that separated their locations, and embraced for real. It was a finale that seemed to say: “From the standpoint of the nation’s comedians, this was a great campaign. But now, alas, it’s over.”
One place where the campaign is probably not quite over: “Saturday Night Live,” which will likely have its own take on the campaign’s outcome this weekend (when Ann Hathaway guest-hosts, with musical guest Rihanna).
We’ve noted this phenomenon before: “SNL” playing catch-up with the weeknight late-night shows — due to “SNL’s” weekend airtime.
We suspect Jason Sudeikis will be back this Saturday as Mitt Romney, with Jay Pharoah as Obama, for what probably (or at least should be) the last time.