Think you've had a bad week?
Well, chin up. NO ONE, and I say that with the utmost confidence, NO ONE has had as bad of a week as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
What started with the declaration that Adolf Hitler didn't use chemical weapons against his own people, and got even worse when he bizarrely added that Hitler brought the Jews to "Holocaust Centers," blew up again over the weekend when Saturday Night Live threw actress and funny gal Melissa McCarthy center-stage with a bald cap on.
Adding insult to injury, the iconic late night show was making history Saturday by airing live nationwide for the first time, EVER. (Typically "SNL" airs live at 11:30 p.m. on the East Coast and then is re-broadcasted three hours later for the West Coast at 11:30 p.m. their time.)
The nationwide live broadcast translated into even stronger ratings, since the episode aired on the West Coast in prime time. You can check out the entire sketch here:
Out walked a person dressed in an Easter bunny outfit who then removed its head to reveal McCarthy as Spicer. (For those unaware, a photo of a younger Spicer dressed as an Easter bunny while working in George W. Bush's administration went viral this week... see below for clarification).
The skit took a direct shot at Spicer's biggest weakness: his verbal blunders. To highlight just a few:
- McCarthy referred to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad as Bazooka Phylicia Ahmad Rashad
- She corrected "Holocaust Centers" to "concentration clubs"
- She made the analogy "Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on Jews."
- McCarthy ended the skit by announcing Trump is "probably going to bomb North Korea tonight"
- She proceeded to cause destruction while driving off in an egg-mobile and yelling "Eat as much candy as you want. This is probably our last Easter on earth!"
In the past, Spicer has been known to poke fun at the SNL skits that essentially make fun of him. This time, however, he has yet to respond, and we have a feeling that he might not be so happy go lucky regarding the issue.
Fortunately, though, it appears that Spicer is on good terms with the current White House Easter bunny. He posed for a shot with the character this morning at the White House's Easter Egg Roll celebration.
Fernand is a principal at Bendixen & Amandi International, the nation’s leading multilingual and multiethnic public opinion research and strategic communications consulting firm based in Miami, Florida. Frequently a guest host and commentator on WIOD, Fernand’s communications projects and analysis have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, The Economist, and the Miami Herald among others.
Over the last 25 years, Bendixen & Amandi (B&A) has conducted large-scale projects for numerous corporations, multinational institutions, political candidates and elected officials in over 30 countries and in as many as 20 different languages. Fernand manages the firm and brings over a decade’s worth of experience in research and strategic management with an emphasis in corporate, political and public affairs consulting for clients including the United Nations, the World Bank, The White House, Univision Communications, New America Media, the John & James L. Knight Foundation and the California Endowment.
He has conceived, produced and edited a number of successful television and radio commercials for B&A’s media practice including the highly regarded “Nuestra Amiga” spot for the 2008 Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, which Rolling Stone magazine lauded as “one of the more charming moments in the history of the political ad wars.” Fernand is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education and has taught at both at Miami-Dade College and at the University of Miami.
Fernand Amandi lives in Coconut Grove with his wife and two kids.