17. Jay Pharoah as Barack Obama
The most recent addition to the pantheon of SNL impressions, Pharoah debuted his Obama impression in the 38th season premiere in 2012.
16. Fred Armisen as Barack Obama
Armisen portrayed Obama from his time as a Senator through the first term of his Presidency.
14. Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton
It was only fitting that Tina Fey’s BFF join her for her most iconic SNL moment - but more on that later, of course.
13. Dana Carvey as George H. W. Bush
Carvey’s impression was so renowned he was joined by the President himself when hosting SNL for the first time in 1994.
12. Jason Sudeikis as Joe Biden
Jason Sudeikis has played VP Joe Biden consistently since the 2008 election up to leaving SNL this season.
10. Darrell Hammond as Al Gore
Hammond, a prolific creator of political impressions for SNL, is most remembered in this role for his parody of the Al Gore Medicare ‘lock box’ presidential debate.
9. Hammond has also played Senator John McCain…
8. And Vice President Dick Cheney.
6. Dan Aykroyd as Jimmy Carter
Ackroyd played President Carter on 27 different occasions between the years 1976 and 1979. After his Presidency, Carter has been played by four different SNL cast members.
4. Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford
Chevy Chase was the first to impersonate a President for SNL. His version of Gerald Ford appeared in almost every episode of the first season, with the running joke that Ford was just not very bright. The clip below shows a Christmas with Ford at the White House.
2. Tina Fey as Sarah Palin
In the 2008 election, Tina Fey did just as much to cement Sarah Palin as a political lightningrod and media figure as Palin herself. See video of her first appearance below.
1. Will Ferrell as George W. Bush
In his appearances on SNL, Will Ferrell brought us the ‘strategery’ of President George W. Bush as he tackled important issues like the Axis of Evil, Global Warming, and frisbee golf with Condoleeza Rice.