‘SNL': Watch Jay Pharoah as Barack Obama (Video)

Fred Armisen passes the torch to Pharoah in season 38 premiere

The 38th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" began with Fred Armisen playing a Democratic functionary introducing President Barack Obama by saying he "wouldn't want his job." And with that he handed the impersonation over to Jay Pharoah after performing it since the 2008 election.

It was the first bit of housekeeping in a "SNL" episode that found the show catching up with some of the most satire-prone moments of the summer, including anti-Mitt Romney ads and Clint Eastwood's Republican National Committee dialogue with a chair.

Jason Sudeikis, whose return to the show was announced last week, was back as Romney, and Taran Killam took on the role of Paul Ryan.

Musical guest Frank Ocean, whose coming out in July made him one of the most talked-about artists of the summer, performed with backing from John Mayer.

The show, hosted by "Family Guy" creator and "Ted" director Seth MacFarlane, also featured the debuts of new cast members Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong and Tim Robinson.

Watch Pharoah as Obama: