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Denise Warner
September 12, 2012 AT 10:25 PM EDT

His name is Jay Pharoah, and we bet he approves this message.

In an interview with The New York Times, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels said that Pharoah would play President Obama on the show, stepping in for Fred Armisen, who has impersonated the President since 2008.

“Jay has been doing Obama in his act this summer, and Jay is coming into his own,” Michaels said. “I just thought it might be time to shake it up.”

In presidential skits, Pharoah will surely face off against Jason Sudeikis — who returns to his Mitt Romney duties this season. Michaels added in the Times article that Armisen would still be a major player on the show, calling him “the backbone of the show now.”

Watch Pharoah’s Obama impression below (at the 7:00 mark):

In addition to its regularly scheduled season, SNL will also air two primetime election specials on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27.


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