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This "Schoolhouse Rock" Sketch On "SNL" Shows Just How Messed Up Our Government Is

"I'm an executive order and I pretty much happen. And that's it."

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. ET

Posted on November 23, 2014, at 12:25 p.m. ET

Last night's opening sketch on Saturday Night Live featured an "updated" version of the classic Schoolhouse Rock cartoon, mocking President Obama's controversial use of executive orders.

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Just like in the original Schoolhouse Rock, the folksy Bill sings a cheesy song to helpfully explain the workings of government to a curious young boy — right until it gets shoved down the steps of Congress by President Obama.

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"Ow, my legs. They were made of paper."

The President takes his chance to explain how Washington really works, with executive orders making for a convenient way to bypass a gridlocked Congress.

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♪ I'm an executive order, and I pretty much just happen. ♪

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"Wait a second, don't you have to go through Congress at some point?"

"Aw, that's adorable, you still think that's how government works."

The Bill tries, and fails, to stand its ground.

♪ Look at the midterm elections, people clearly don't want this... ♪

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♪ We're going to take you to court! We're going to shut down all of Congress... ♪

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Ouch.

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