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WATCH: SNL spoofs Sandy response, Ohio insanity

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Nov. 5, 2012 at 3:16 PM   |   Comments

Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Hurricane Sandy was terrible, damaging homes and devastating lives of Americans everywhere. Especially the people of Ohio.

At least, according to the version of President Barack Obama, played by Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah, in a dress rehearsal video released on Hulu.

In the sketch, Obama delivers an Oval Office address to the nation, declaring his heartfelt determination to provide all necessary support to the states in Sandy's path.

"Accordingly, this past Thursday at 9:01 a.m., I officially declared twelve states federal disaster areas, with one other state named a premium class, triple-A, super disaster area, eligible for extra funding," he said. "That last state, once again, being the state of Ohio."

"Halloween decorations ripped from porches by 25 mile and hour winds. Carefully raked piles of leaves in disarray. Plastic patio furniture tipped over, or even blown off the patio itself. In some parts of the state, trick or treating has been postponed. At least one town, at least, forced to move indoors," Pharoah added.

With the election less than a day away, Ohio has been the target of the campaigns' laser focus, hit with endless attack ads, daily visits by principles from both sides. Poll interpreting guru Nate Silver says Ohio has a 50 percent chance of being the state that determines the winner of Tuesday's presidential election.

Jon Stewart, on an episode of The Daily Show last week, described Ohio as Swing State Hell--and the show's signature exaggeration doesn't feel that far off from the truth.

One way or the other, by the end of the day Tuesday, the world will know whether Ohio lived up to all that hype.

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Pharoah as President Barack Obama.One World Trade Center remains dark along with most of lower Manhattan due to a continuing massive power outage one day after Hurricane Sandy hits the north east section of the United States in Weehawken, New Jersey on October 31, 2012. The effect of the Sandy left large parts of New York City and New Jersey with out power and mass transit and officials at Consolidated Edison said it could be up to a week before power is fully restored. UPI/John Angelillo
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