Mr. Romney’s Neighborhood, as Rendered by Jimmy Fallon

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Oct. 10 2012 11:06 AM

Did You See This? Mr. Romney’s Neighborhood

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Jimmy Fallon on Late Night

Jimmy Fallon has always been a gifted impressionist, though most of his mimicry takes musical form. Last night, he got into the political impersonation game, picking up on the “Romney will kill PBS” storyline with a sketch that amazingly does not seem to have been done by any of the big sketch shows before now: “Mr. Romney’s Neighborhood.”

Fallon doesn’t quite have the voice down, and the jokes are not particularly surprising—money, this Romney teaches us, “comes from a magical place called ‘our parents,’ ” and the Land of Make-Believe is “where me and Paul Ryan get most of our facts”—but as a lovingly detailed tribute to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood (Henrietta the cat!), it’s pretty well done. And anything that honors the legacy of Fred Rogers is OK by us. Enjoy.

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David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.