COLUMBUS (Ohio): After watching “Saturday Night Live” make fun of her from afar, Sarah Palin witnessed it first hand last week as Tina Fey engaged in fiction by depicting her at the news conference the Republican vice-presidential nominee has yet to hold.

Later, Ms. Palin came on stage during the Weekend Update mock news segment and watched cast member Amy Poehler do a rap song the Alaska Governor had decided might not be good for her to perform personally.

In the show’s opening, Ms. Fey’s impersonation of Ms. Palin told a group of reporters, “First off, I just want to say how excited I am to be in front of both the liberal elite media as well as the liberal regular media. I am looking forward to a portion of your questions.” Asked to assess how her running-mate, John McCain, did in his debate with Democrat Barack Obama last week, Ms. Fey as “Palin” replied, “I just thought he was great. Because the American people are angry — and John McCain is angry, too.”

By contrast, Mr. Obama was smooth. “When he’s talking, it’s like an angel whispering in your ear. He makes John McCain sound like a garbage truck,” replied Ms. Fey.

Moments later, the camera cut away to the real Ms. Palin watching a television monitor alongside the show’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels.

“You know, Lorne, I just don’t think it’s a realistic depiction of the way my press conferences would have gone,” said Ms. Palin. She said she wished he would have let her do a sketch about “30 Rock,” the NBC programme in which Ms. Fey now stars. That prompted Michaels to deadpan: “Honestly not enough people know that show.”

Ms. Palin then stood mute as Ms. Fey’s “30 Rock” co-star, Alec Baldwin came into view, mistook Ms. Palin for Ms. Fey and pleaded with Mr. Michaels not to let the actor go onstage with the Governor. — AP