Fred Armisen returned to Weekend Update as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on last night's "SNL," and this time the joke was directed as much at the United States government as it was at the recently resigned dictator.
After explaining to anchor Seth Meyers how bittersweet it was for him to step down from office and how much his people were going to miss him, he went on to insist that he take the opportunity to thank the American people:
America, thank you. You propped up my regime for over 30 years. I could never have done it without all of your money and support and tear gas. You know what they say, Seth, behind every horrible dictator is an enabling super power. America, you are the wind beneath my wings.
We tend to expect that kind of pointed satire from "The Daily Show" or Bill Maher, but it's always a nice surprise to see "SNL" remember that it's at its best when it has an edge.