Biden skewered for foreign policy gaffes & confusion in SNL cold open

  • Saturday Night Live mocked the president in more ways than one over the weekend with a sketch mostly about panda diplomacy
  • Three of the country’s beloved giant pandas were recalled to China last month from DC’s National Zoo 

Saturday Night Live took aim this weekend both at President Joe Biden and the strained US-China relationship as understand via panda diplomacy.

The show’s cold open mocked the 80-year-old president’s frequent public speaking blunders when cast member Mikey Day – doing a Biden impression – flubbed a line from the teleprompter, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping as ‘Roman Numeral 11.’

Referring to Biden’s meeting with Xi at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Day said: ‘We mad agreements about communications, fentanyl, climate change, but most importantly, got the thing America really needs right now: more pandas!’

The imposter president then began taking questions from the press that continued to poke at Biden’s diplomatic history.

The U.S. only has four pandas after Washington D.C.'s bear (one of whom is above) returned to China

One SNL briefing room reporter referenced a moment during last week’s summit when Biden called Xi a dictator, much to the apparent dismay of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

‘Would you like to completely undo your accomplishments by calling him a dictator again?’ asked the reporter.

‘I would!’ Biden replied.

As character Biden continued to receive a grilling from the fake reporters, he opted to bring out a special guest to try to turn the flames down a bit – Tian Tianm the giant panda (played by cast member Bowen Yang).

Tian Tian was one of three pandas who were recently shipped back to China after spending two decades at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

The pandas were recalled to their ancestral homeland by China, in what some saw as a slightly aggressive move from the heads of the PRC.

Once Yang as Tian Tian was introduced to the press room, he immediately began receiving questions about his exit from the US. 

When Biden attempted to bring the conversation back to his presidency, he was hit with a toughie about his position on the current situation in the Middle East.

‘Y’know what, I think people are really like the panda, right? Next question!’ he replied.

Eventually, Tian Tian told the crowd that he felt his National Zoo departure was coming at the right time because of the possibility of Trump’s return to the Oval Office following next November’s election.

‘Democracy might end. There might be a civil war,’ said Yang.

A journalist from the crowd then asked. ‘So you will vote for Biden?’

Yang: ‘MMMMMM maybe…..’

Biden walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' week just outside of San Francisco

Bowen Yang as Tian Tian (left) and Mikey Day as Joe Biden (right) during SNL's cold open

Fake Biden then jumped in with: ‘What the hell? Hey man.’

Following the real APEC gathering last week, President Xi signaled he will soon send new pandas to the US. He called them ‘envoys of friendships.’

‘We are ready to continue our cooperation with the United States on panda conservation, and do our best to meet the wishes of the Californians so as to deepen the friendly ties between our two peoples,’ Xi said last Wednesday night at a dinner with business leaders.

The lazy, cuddly bears have long been the symbol of the US-China friendship, since a pair of them were given by Beijing to DC’s National Zoo in 1972.

Following the departure of the three at the National Zoo, there are but four pandas left in the US – all of them at the Atlanta Zoo.

‘I was told that many American people, especially children, were really reluctant to say goodbye to the pandas, and went to the zoo to see them off,’ Xi said in his speech.

He added he learned the San Diego Zoo and the people of California ‘very much look forward to welcoming pandas back.’ 


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