President Barack Obama took on Zach Galifianakis in an awkward-off on the comedian’s “Between Two Ferns” talk show, posted to Funny or Die on Tuesday.
Galifianakis uses his satirical forum to interview and skewer celebrities – and presidents – in cringe-worthy ways. Obama, his job is marked as “community organizer,” was treated no differently, taking a series of jabs over the Obamacare rollout and other similar topics in deadpan.
“Have you heard of the Affordable Care Act?” President Obama asked. “Oh yeah, I heard about that,” Galifianakis replied. “That’s the thing that doesn’t work. Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to make your website?”
Obama did make some news, declaring he will not run for a third term as president, citing the messy “Hangover 3” as a reason to leave things at well enough following a second term.
And how did Funny or Die pull the whole thing off with the president? With a lot of cooperation between both parties, Variety reports.
As it turns out, it’s been driving a lot of traffic to the Obamacare site today.
So that means it’s mission accomplished, right?
“I think the average video gets something like 6 million views. I’m convinced we’re going to break that average,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said. “And in fact, and as I was walking out here, I think we were close to 3 million. And that’s a good thing.
“We obviously assess opportunities that we have and, you know, look at whether or not they’re going to be successful and wise. And I think we made the right call here.”
This isn’t the first time Obama has crossed over into comedy. For example:
When Jimmy Fallon talks to the UNC audience about student loans, he decides a slow jam with President Obama and The Roots is appropriate.
Obama swaps jokes with Mitt Romney at charity dinner:
And then there are those correspondents dinners: