On Monday, President Obama, attempting to reach out to younger Americans to woo them for Obamacare, appeared on Funny or Die’s Zach Galifianakis show Between Two Ferns.
The segment opens with Galifianakis awkwardly introducing Obama: “Sorry I had to cancel a few times. My mousepad broke last week and I had to get my great aunt some diabetes shoes…” Obama said, “It’s okay, Zach, it’s no problem. I have to say that when I heard that like people actually watch this show, I was actually pretty surprised.”
Galifianakis then asks Obama, introduced as “community organizer,” what Obama has planned for 2014 after pardoning a turkey in 2013. Obama says he will pardon another turkey, then asks Galifianakis whether it was “depressing to you to see another turkey taken out of circulation, a turkey you couldn’t eat?” Awkward grins from the president ensue.
Galifianakis asks Obama about sending Dennis Rodman to North Korea. Obama says Rodman isn’t our ambassador, then suggests we move on. So Galifianakis asks what it’s like to be the last black president, to which Obama responds, “Seriously? What’s it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president?” Galifianakis says that it stinks Obama can’t run for a third time; Obama fires back that term limits are a good idea, since it could work out like the third Hangover movie. “That didn’t work out very well, did it?” he quips. Bradley Cooper, Obama said, “kind of carried that film, didn’t he?”
Galifianakis follows up with a question about whether after Obama is president it will be “hard when people stop letting you win at basketball.” Again, Obama responds with an insult (this is the nature of the show): “How does it feel having a three inch vertical?” Galifianakis asks Obama, "Where do you plan on building your presidential library? In Hawaii or your home country of Kenya?" His follow-up: "You know what I would do if I were president, Mr. President, I would make same-sex divorce illegal, then see how bad they want it." Obama answers: "I think that’s why you’re not president. And that’s a good thing."
Galifianakis then asks about whether Obama’s fictional son would even want to play football: “I mean, what if he’s a nerd like you?” To which Obama shoots back, “Do you think Michelle would marry a nerd? Why don’t you ask her whether she thinks I’m a nerd?” Galifianakis asks, “Can I?” And Obama refuses, of course.
When Obama begins pushing Healthcare.gov, Galifianakis mutters, “Here we go. Okay, let’s get this out of the way. What did you come here to plug?” Obama then launches into a campaign speech: “Well, first of all, I think it’s fair to say I wouldn’t be with you here today if I didn’t have something to plug. Have you heard of the Affordable Care Act?” Here’s the rest of the preternaturally boring conversation:
GALIFIANAKIS: Oh yeah, I heard about that. That’s the thing that doesn’t work? Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to create your website?
OBAMA: Healthcare.gov works great now. And millions of Americans have already gotten healthcare plans. And what we want is for people to know that you can get affordable healthcare. Most yuoung Americans right now – they’re not covered. And the truth is they can get coverage all for what it costs you to pay your cellphone bill.
GALIFIANAKIS: Is this what they mean by drones?
OBAMA: The point is that a lot of young people, they think they’re invincible.
GALIFIANAKIS: Did you say invisible?
It goes on for another few minutes like this, with Obama stumping for the phone number, mentioning the healthcare deadline, and explaining that you can sign up for Obamacare in person. Finally Galifianakis shows Obama his “spider bites, I got attacked by spiders,” and Obama recommends a doctor’s visit. “You need to get on Healthcare.gov, because that’s one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen,” Obama said. The punchline of the interview: Galifianakis has been filming the show from the Diplomatic Room of the White House for years.
Founded by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, Funny or Die has long been a leftist outlet; last September, The Los Angeles Times reported on Funny or Die’s Mike Farah’s 20 efforts via the outlet to push Obamacare:
Wedged into the blotter on Mike Farah's desk at the Funny or Die studios in Hollywood is an index card with a list — wrangling talent, polishing scripts and arranging shoots — long enough to keep the comedy website executive fully occupied. But these tasks are part of a different quest: the campaign to ensure the success of President Obama's healthcare law…. Farah's drive stems from a series of White House meetings, culminating in a July session in the Roosevelt Room in which the president asked for help promoting the law from a conference table full of artists, entertainers and creative executives including Farah…
As of 6:00 a.m. PT, the segment had some 220,000 views.