"Look where we are!" marveled NBC's David Gregory on the set of Saturday Night Live, "This to me is cool because I'm a Washington guy, as we've talked about, a place of great style and substance, but to be here in a show-biz mecca is clearly exciting."
Gregory interviewed actors Jason Sudeikis (who plays Mitt Romney) and Fred Armisen (who plays President Obama) as part of "Press Pass," an online segment of Meet the Press.
In preparation for the presidential election, Gregory asked the actors if the "SNL effect" of Saturday Night Live "would stack up this year."
"Who knows, and also we actually can't think about it that much." Armisen says dismissively.
"We don't think about it," Sudeikis adds, "We don't sit in our rooms and try to like. . ."
"We definitely don't." Armisen adds.
"We're only a reflection of what's being done out there, there is have no agenda, believe it or not," says Sudeikis, "You can't help it with our age and where we live that the writing and cast to skew a little bit liberal."
"It is New York City," Gregory injects, as the actors nod in agreement.
Gregory also asked the characters to describe what it was like to imitate the respective characters in the campaign.
"Romney here is not exactly lighting it up on the campaign trail, in terms of being an exciting figure, what does that do for you comedicly?" Gregory asks Sudeikis.
"I think that it makes it kind of. ." Sudeikis, hesitated before Gregory interrupted, "Even better?"
"I don't know if it does make it better," Sudeikis counters. "I prefer that he did something scandalous or something incredibly stupid instead of just boring."
Interviewing Fred Armisen, who plays President Obama on SNL, Gregory asked what it was like to play "the hype" of President Obama versus "some of the reality of what he had to deal with."
"I've grown to like him more and more, I've always just been a fan of his, if you can say that about a president," Armisen replied, "That's the other good part of it, you know, getting to like him more and more."
"The voice is key," Gregory said excitedly, "Give me a just a little something."
"That's hard to do," Armisen declined, but admitted to listening to recordings of the president and looking at photographs of him to get the portrayal right.
"You two, you are professionals," gushed Gregory, I'm clearly an amateur but I did spend a lot of time around - and I think that you are actually sitting. . (gesturing to their chairs) just to reinforce that, you know I covered President Bush, and being around him I could get a sense of, you know, I would be able to imitate him, but it was the physical part seeing him, and seeing his gestures, and seeing how he would move his face, what's the key with Romney?"
Sudeikis replied that Romney has a cheesy 'radio announcer' type voice, that was fairly easy to imitate.
"He's like a butter sandwich -- unsalted butter -- and the crust cut off." Sudeikis said.