President Obama Gives Hilarious Interview On 'Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis'
President Barack Obama participated in what could be one of his most memorable interviews yet, when he appeared on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.
Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: President Obama
Between Two Ferns mostly features celebrity guests, from Justin Bieber to Charlize Theron, exchanging insults with "host" Galifianakis, and President Obama’s appearance on the show was no different. When asked about the Thanksgiving pardoning of a turkey, Obama replied with a subtle fat joke.
"Was that depressing to you, seeing one turkey taken out of circulation, a turkey you couldn't eat?" Obama deadpaned, setting the tone for a hilarious interview.
Galifianakis continues to grill Obama, asking the President what they should do about “North Ikea” and what it feels like being “the last black President.” Obama doesn’t back down, taking jabs at The Hangover trilogy when asked about the desire of a third term in office – "If I ran a third time, it'd be sort of like doing a third Hangover movie. Didn't really work out very well, did it?" – and taking aim at the show itself.
Obama Plugs Obamacare
The interview is part of the President’s campaign to get younger people to sign up for health care (also known as Obamacare).
“What we want is for people to know that you can get affordable healthcare. And most young Americans, right now, they’re not covered…They can get coverage all for what it costs you to pay your cell phone bills,” Obama tells Galifianakis.
Obama tells Galifianakis that young people “think they’re invincible” and encourages the Between Two Ferns audience to sign up before March 31st either through the, now functional, health care website (healthcare.gov), by phone or in person.
The video appeared on the Funny Or Die website early Tuesday, March 11, and, as of 12:30 E.T. it has reached about 2.5 million views. The interview is quickly taking over social media sites, with Between Two Ferns trending on Twitter.
I bet we can get Congress to unanimously agree that shit was funny#BetweenTwoFerns http://t.co/qgdUKiQzQV
— alan tudyk (@alan_tudyk) March 11, 2014
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) March 11, 2014
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong