A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 26, 2013
“Who the government?”

NBC’s Saturday Night Live did a sketch about the U.S. healthcare program ("Obamacare") featuring someone impersonating Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Speaking about the healthcare website, “Sebelius” said the most frequently asked question to the website was, “Who the government?”

The “Who the government?” phrase—similar to “What the hell?” and “What the fuck?”—immediately became popular on Twitter.


Twitter
Erin
‏@Erin1237
Who the Government? #SNL
10:32 PM - 26 Oct 13

Twitter
Discord
‏@DlSCORD
Still need guidance? Go to http://Healthcare.gov ‘s FAQs! “Who the government?” #SNL
10:32 PM - 26 Oct 13

Twitter
Hanna Slomianyj
‏@HSlomi
And our most frequently asked question, “WHO THE GOVERNMENT?”
10:33 PM - 26 Oct 13

Twitter
Michael
‏@Mikey_Prolo
“And our country’s most asked question, ‘Who the government?’.”
10:34 PM - 26 Oct 13

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Saturday, October 26, 2013 • Permalink