Funny or Die Strikes Again: Presidential Plea for Financial Reform

Funny or Die posted this video this morning calling for financial reform and a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency — which is currently in doubt on Capitol Hill.

The video is a reunion of “Saturday Night Live” presidents, including Fred Armisen as President Obama, Will Ferrell as George W. Bush, Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton, Dana Carvey as George H.W. Bush, Dan Ackroyd as Jimmy Carter and Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford. Jim Carrey steps in as Ronald Reagan and Maya Rudolph plays Michelle Obama. The video was directed by Ron Howard and was created in association with Americans for Financial Reform.

The vid features the Obamas sleeping in their White House bedroom, only to get middle of the night visits from the former presidents. At one point, the younger Bush and Clinton are trying to give Obama advice about financial reform when he asks, “You two are the ones who stripped out all the regulations. Why would I listen to you?”

Very amusing.

The problem right now may be getting the public’s attention to this, but it’s also where the reform bill is currently headed in the Senate. The plan is not to create a separate agency, but to put that regulator in the Fed. No surprise here: That’s because Democrats need 60 votes, not 59, to break the threat of a filibuster.


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