Sean Spicer stood at the podium like a washed out clown with food poisoning. His blistering debut as White House Press Secretary began with accusations that the media had faked the low inauguration attendance figures. Despite photos, videos, and public transport statistics declaring contrary. No one even cared about the numbers, not until Spicer, under orders from the new President, felt the need to contradict reality. During the campaign Donald Trump's strangest political talent was bringing everyone else down to his level. But once sworn Spicer's job to bring the President's messaging up to the level of the White House press corps. It was impossible.
Melissa McCarthy's impression on Saturday Night Live portrayed him as he was - a man in the middle of an existential crisis. Before accepting the role Spicer had been a well liked Navy reservist and Washington regular. His whole career had been a lead up to a senior White House position. But this senior gig was not what he had hoped for. Donald Trump hated McCarthy's impression because it portrayed the White House Press Secretary as weak and by extension so to was the President himself. In retaliation Trump took to verbally debasing Spicer privately and then, perhaps even more cruel, undermined him publicly. The 45th President became the abusive soccer mom berating her son in front of his friends on the way home from the game after her boy failed kick any goals. It was crushing. Terrified of giving McCarthy more ammunition Spicer ordered that the cameras be turned off. While he would continue to carry water for the President he also wanted to hide. Ashamed and unable to laugh off it got to him. Six months and one day in he quit.
The specifics of Spicer's on the job failings will not be remembered forever. Quite quickly his silly pantomime faux pas will basically be forgotten about. But Melissa McCarthy's satire of him will not. They'll play it on the news when he dies. His great great grandchildren will see it. It was so clever and finely performed that it may survive centuries. And eons from now people will still be remembering it and laughing at Sean Spicer, in all his wretchedness and absurdity.