11/05/2012 03:09 pm ET Updated Nov 05, 2012

Scrapped 'SNL' Sketch Shows Obama Sending FEMA Funds To Ohio (VIDEO)

Even though last week's "Saturday Night Live" was the final episode before Tuesday's presidential election, the show was light on political material. We only saw Mitt Romney, played by Jason Sudeikis, in one Weekend Update bit, and even though Michael Bloomberg and Chris Christie were spoofed in the cold open, the sketch was hardly political in nature.

Originally, though, the show included an address from President Obama (Jay Pharoah), emphasizing his intention to bring FEMA aid to... the swing state of Ohio. Which, incidentally, is not so different than what Mitt Romney actually did.

As you can see in the video above, the sketch didn't receive a terribly positive response. Perhaps New Yorkers weren't excited to hear jokes about cynical political calculation in the wake of a natural disaster that was still affecting them. Maybe the sketch didn't ring true, since Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy was widely praised. Or maybe, the sketch just wasn't that funny. (We've gone through this before, when "SNL" found itself defending its decision to scrap another Obama address in May.)

Judge for yourself by watching the sketch above, which was cut after dress rehearsal.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article indicated that the sketch was intended to be the cold open. The sketch actually appeared later in the show at dress rehearsal.



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