It's no surprise that Will Ferrell, arguably SNL's greatest, most versatile cast member, would also be responsible for its best political impersonation. Dubya was in many ways the perfect Ferrell character already: privileged, smug, arrogant, a little dumb, and (maybe?) a little sweet. There's a reason people later claimed that Ferrell's performance humanized Bush for them, turning the man who started the Iraq War into a lovable proto-Ron Burgundy. The impression was so good it had a life after the show, inspiring Ferrell to write and star in You're Welcome America, a Broadway play with Bush as the protagonist. To Ferrell's credit, as often as he returns to the character, he declined opportunities to meet the president, telling the A.V. Club back in 2008, "From a political standpoint, I don't want to meet that guy." That sounds like a good piece of "strategery" right there.
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