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It’s Rotunda Humor When Television Comic Skewers Newt Chris Farley Of ‘Saturday Night’ Draws Cheers As Gingrich

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 1995

A shorter but more rotund “Newt Gingrich” appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday, declaring that “all Democrats are officially weird.”

To chants of “Newt, Newt, Newt,” comedian Chris Farley of “Saturday Night Live” made a surprise appearance before the House Republican Conference and, with the real speaker at his side, delivered his Gingrich impersonation.

Farley, capped by the speaker’s trademark thick white hair, first presented his reading list to the GOP lawmakers - books by Danielle Steele and Jackie Collins and a children’s dinosaur book.

Then, to roars of approval from the lawmakers, he quickly “passed” a number of bills. He ruled that bills no longer have to go to the Senate, that Oregon Sen. Mark Hatfield - the lone Republican to vote against the balanced budget - was officially a Democrat, and that all Democrats are officially weird.

There were more cheers when Farley said the song “Hail to the Chief” would be changed to “Hail to the Speaker” and ordered Rep. Sonny Bono. R-Calif. to sing “I’ve got you, Newt.”


 

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