President Barack Obama appeared on the hot seat of Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns,” the Funny or Die series that parodies celebrity interviews.
Obama’s purpose for appearing on the show was to promote enrollment in the Affordable Care Act ahead of the March 31 deadline to sign up for coverage. Ostensibly, appearing on Funny or Die had a specific target — young people.
Obama’s appearance went well, and it was in keeping with the awkward, sometimes-cringeworthy nature of the series. Galifianakis asked Obama, who was introduced as a “community organiser,” if he had plans to erect his presidential library in Kenya, his “home country.”
Obama’s best dig came after Galifianakis asked him whether he bemoaned the fact he can’t run for a third term.
“No, I actually think it’s a good idea. If I ran a third time, it’d be sort of like doing a third Hangover movie. Didn’t really work out,” Obama deadpanned.
Later in the interview, as Obama plugged the phone number to contact HealthCare.gov, Galifianakis said he was “off the grid” because he didn’t want the government to look at his text messages.
“First of all, Zach, nobody’s interested in looking at your texts,” Obama said.
Some other questions from Galifianakis:
- “Do you send Ambassador Rodman to North Korea on your behalf?”
- “You said if you had a son you would not let him play football. But what makes you think he would want to play football. What if he was a nerd like you?”
- “Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to create your [health care] website?”
Here’s the full video:
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