Al Gore stopped looking stiff in his own skin and started looking like a 2008 presidential candidate when he made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live last night. Sitting in what looked like the Oval Office, Gore did the SNL cold opening by pretending there was a parallel universe and he had won the 2000 election. Best Hollywood-centric line: “Unfortunately, the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Michael Moore was bitter and devisive. However, I could not be more proud of how the House and Senate pulled together to confirm the nomination of Chief Justice George Clooney.” Here are his other best lines:

“Good evening, my fellow Americans. In 2000 when you overwhelmingly made the decision to elect me as your 43rd president, I knew the road ahead would be difficult. We have accomplished so much yet challenges lie ahead. In the last 6 years we have been able to stop global warming. No one could have predicted the negative results of this. Glaciers that once were melting are now on the attack. As you know, these renegade glaciers have already captured parts of upper Michigan and northern Maine, but I assure you: we will not let the glaciers win.”

“As for immigration, solving that came at a heavy cost, and I personally regret the loss of California. However, the new Mexifornian economy is strong and El Presidente Schwarzenegger is doing a great job.”

“Right now, in the 2nd week of May 2006, we are facing perhaps the worst gas crisis in history. We have way too much gasoline. Gas is down to $0.19 a gallon and the oil companies are hurting. I know that I am partly to blame by insisting that cars run on trash. I am therefore proposing a federal bailout to our oil companies because, Hey, if it were the other way around, you know the oil companies would help us.”

“On a positive note, we worked hard to save welfare, fix social security and of course provide the free universal health care we all enjoy today. But all this came at a high cost. As I speak, the gigantic national budget surplus is down to a perilously low $11 trillion dollars. And don’t get any ideas. That money is staying in the very successful lockbox.”

“Of course, we could give economic aid to China, or lend money to the Saudis, again. But right now we’re already so loved by everyone in the world that American tourists can’t even go over to Europe anymore — without getting hugged.”

“There are some of you who would like to spend our money on some made-up war. To you I say: what part of “lockbox” don’t you understand? What if there’s a hurricane or a tornado?”

“Baseball, our national pasttime, still lies under the shadow of steroid accusations. But I have faith in baseball commissioner George W. Bush when he says, ‘We will find the steroid users if we have to tap every phone in America!'”