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When Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Became Former US President Barack Obama on SNL

Published 10/20/2021, 11:00 AM EDT

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is someone who needs no introduction. His early years as a professional wrestler in WWE created the stepping stone with which he entered the world of acting.

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At the moment, he is one of the biggest and highest paid actors in the world. From television to movies and everything in between, The Rock has dipped his toes in all.

He even appeared in the popular television show “Saturday Night Live” a.k.a. SNL. One of his highlights of the show was when he portrayed former United States President, Mr. Barack Obama. Needless to say, the parody had the fans rolling on the floor with laughter.


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The Rock was accompanied in the segment by Andy Samberg playing as his White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. Dwayne Johnson played the role of an angry and muscular Obama, who no one could bully.

The scene started off with Rahm informing “calm” Obama, played by Fred Armisen, about his upcoming meeting with Senators McCain, Coburn, and one other. Rahm feels Obama is sometimes too calm and wants him to get angry at times.

However, Obama refuses and wants the meeting to begin as soon as possible. As all three members took their seats, their words began to irritate the always cool Obama. From the side, Rahm was loving the entire thing, as well as adding fuel to the fire.

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During the meeting with Republican members of Congress, the President finally let out his inner rage, bursting out of his clothes like the Hulk and transforming into Johnson. ‘The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment‘ nailed the role. His voice and posture imitating Obama were spot on.

The only thing that gave away the otherwise perfect impression was his huge physique. Following his transformation, “The Rock Obama” again asked the Senators what problems they earlier stated. Even though engulfed in fear, Coburn reiterated his words. But this time Obama took no prisoners. He picked the Senator up and threw him out of his window.


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The segment was absolutely hilarious, as the fans couldn’t stop their cheers and waves of laughter. As all three Senate members went out of the window, we discover that it was all a dream of Rahm. A perfect ending to a perfect skit.

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Aditya Pran Mahanta


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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree from Amity University, Noida. Being a sports fanatic, he has played state-level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge.
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