Although I am sure we are all wishing the Japanese the best in their fight to prevent a meltdown in their nuclear reactors, it has made me recall events from my childhood, namely, Three Mile Island. And my taste for subversive humor goes straight to the Saturday night live sketch, "The Pepsi Syndrome" in which Jimmy Carter (who was a nuclear engineer before becoming president) attempts to save the day when an accident happens at a nuclear plant he is visiting.
Looking at the dates is interesting. The Three Mile Island accident started on March 28th, 1979 and this episode aired on April 8th. They sure didn't wait long!
I remember watching this skit even though I was pretty young. I loved Barabara Wawa. She delivered the classic monologue:
"Hewwo, this is Baba Wawa speaking to you wive fwom Two Miwe Iwand. I'm speaking to you wive fwom the Two Miwe Iwand Nucweaw Weactow site whewe wumows awe wunning wampant that the pwesident has been exthposed to wethaw wevews of wadiation. And he has gwown to an incwedibly widiculous pwopowtion. He's weawwy, weawwy, wawge. Pwesentwy, Woss Denton, spokespewson fow the utiwity company which wuns the nucweaw weactow wiww enter this woom to wespond to the pwess. Watew tonight, at 10:30, 9:30 centwaw, ABC wiww pwesent a speciaw half houw wepowt, "How big is the President?" hosted by Fwank Weynolds and Wodney Dangewfiewd. [ Ross enters the room with Rosalyn Carter and Dr. Edna Casey ] I see Woss Denton is appwoaching the podium and seems weady to speak. Wet's wisten in."
Unfortunately, I can't find a video of this classic online (you can buy the episode from Amazon). However, I found the complete transcript you can read.