Will Ferrell made a memorable return to Saturday Night Live over the weekend, getting back into character as former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Will Ferrell As George Bush

For the cold open Saturday, Ferrell took the podium as Bush to declare his intention to join the GOP field fighting for a chance to make it to the White House. Why? The cast of candidates doesn’t have a better alternative to the much-derided 43rd president.

“I’m entering the race for the president of the United States of America. The field of Republicans out there is so messed up, I figured it makes you miss me, doesn’t it?” he said. “And that’s saying a lot.”

One by one, Ferrell as Bush enumerated the ways in which the top candidates are ill-suited to taking on the presidency.


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Starting with Ben Carson, he said, “I can barely hear him when he talks,” adding, “Not to mention he’s some kind of brain surgeon. And I got news for him: Running the country is not brain surgery.”

As for Carly Fiorina, Bush senses a certain kinship with the former Hewlett-Packard CEO. “She got guts. She got fired from her job… She’s not qualified in any ways to be president,” he said. “In many ways she reminds me of me. But she isn’t me; I am me.”

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were slammed for their stances on immigration despite the backgrounds of their respective families. “Rubio & Cruz sounds like a Miami law firm. If you’ve been injured on the job, call Rubio & Cruz,” he quipped. “These two guys, the son of immigrants, hate them. I for one, like them. Mexican people. They are my amigos. Tex Mex is my favorite kind of food.”

After a picture of Donald Trump hit the screen, he said in a fit of laughter, “And then you got this knucklehead, with the hair, and the hundred-foot wall. I’ll tell you something, whenever I get in a bad mood, I just picture his big fat orange Oompa Loompa face and I just piss my pants.”

Finally, the mockery was aimed at George Bush’s younger brother Jeb Bush.

“Poor Jeb. You gotta admit it’s a pretty good plot twist that I turned out to be the smart one. I wish he would’ve asked me about the exclamation point at the end of his name,” he said. “Look, I don’t like the taste of broccoli, but it doesn’t get any tastier if you call it “Broccoli!”

In conclusion, Ferrell’s Bush drew parallels between the presidency and being a school bus driver, and why he’s the guy for both tasks.

“You don’t want a crazy person driving that bus,” he said. “You want a simple, underachieving, not very educated, but reliable guy behind that wheel. Someone with a steady hand who will be on time and get into one or two, but no more than four accidents a year,” he said. “That someone is me,”

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