‘Saturday Night Live’ Tackles Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court Confirmation

“Wow, what a day,” said President Joe Biden, played by James Austin Johnson, during the NBC variety show’s cold open. “Your speech was terrific, Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.”

Jackson, who was played by Ego Nwodim, said she’s betting Biden can’t say that “thrice as fast.”

“I’m shocked that I can say it once slowly,” Johnson’s Biden replied.

Nwodim’s Jackson thanked the president for his confidence in her.

“Hey, I made a campaign promise to put a black woman on the court, and I did,” Johnson’s Biden said. “So that’s one less campaign promise, and there are only 74 left.”

The Senate confirmed Jackson on Thursday, paving the way for her to become the first black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.

“Well, I was happy to do my part,” Jackson of Nwodim said. “Working twice as hard as a white man all my life, then spending a week listening to Ted Cruz call me a pedophile.”

Johnson’s Biden told Nwodim’s Jackson that she wouldn’t be the last black woman on the court because it’s a normal thing now, “like wearing Crocs in public.”

The fake president then told Jackson of Nwodim to stand in the White House and imagine the spirits of the great Americans who came before her. The first spirit? Former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in 2020, played by Kate McKinnon.

“Here’s my advice: always label your lunches,” McKinnon’s Ginsburg said of being in the field. “A lot of these other judges have sticky fingers.”

Another spirit was Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first black player, played by Chris Redd.

“Being first is kind of fun,” he said. “Here’s my advice: watch out for the batteries. You’ll get a lot of batteries thrown at you.”

Redd’s Robinson added that the good news about being a judge is that Jackson will earn more than baseball players.

Nwodim’s Jackson informed him that baseball players make an average of $4 million a year, which made Redd’s Robinson yell into his glove.

“Thank you, I’ve had this since 1947,” he said.

Nwodim’s Jackson then thanked them all for their advice, but Redd’s Robinson couldn’t let go of the baseball player’s current salary.

“So even bad players are millionaires?” He asked.

“Yeah,” said Jackson of Nwodim.

“It’s not something,” Redd’s Robinson said before saying with the band, “Live…from New York! It’s Saturday night!”

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