25 of the Best Political Impersonations on Saturday Night Live

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12. Will Ferrell as George W. Bush

This impression has been going on for years and it is still one of the greatest in SNL history. Will Ferrell took on playing George W. Bush after countless performers failed before him. (Failed might be a harsh word but they were nothing compared to Ferrell.)

And thus a star was born. (Again, Ferrell was already a star but go with it.) The impression continues to pop up whenever someone needs a George W. Bush joke and Ferrell continues to do it with ease. He is one of the greats of the show for a reason, he’s an amazing performer and people love to watch him.

So his Bush, with his eyes squinted and rambling about things that happened with his family, make us remember a time when we thought that Bush would be the worst president this country has ever seen. (We were naïve.)

But still, no one can touch his Bush. Many have tried but no one is better than Ferrell. Even Will Forte, who wasn’t bad as the 43rd president, can’t compete. It is just the look and the mannerisms and everything just seemed to work with Will and his portrayal. It wasn’t forced and the ease of it all made the audience enjoy it more.

Because there is nothing worse than a forced impression and with Will Ferrell, that was never the case.