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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Obama Gets Between Two Ferns

Posted by on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 5:18 AM

This should go over well at Twitchy...

NYT:

[This] pop-culture appearance is the latest public relations gamble that Mr. Obama and his aides have taken in their pursuit of new ways to deliver their message to the connected-but-distracted generation. “Between Two Ferns,” which satirizes the low-budget look of public access television, much as “Wayne’s World” did, has had episodes that have been viewed as many as 30 million times, often because of their outrageous content. “We have to find ways to break through,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the president’s senior adviser and chief communications strategist.... Aides said Mr. Obama’s immediate reason for subjecting himself to Mr. Galifianakis is to urge young people to sign up for health insurance on the government’s website, healthcare.gov. As a March 31 deadline for enrolling for 2014 approaches, the White House is making one final push to try to increase the numbers.

 

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NotSean 1
Like.
Posted by NotSean on March 11, 2014 at 5:55 AM · Report this
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This appearance gets to the heart of why I like both men so much. Zach for his comedy through character, and Obama for being cool with risking playing the fool, and being confident enough to know he can sidestep any potential idiocies coming from Zach. Well played, Mr. President.
Posted by skyweaver on March 11, 2014 at 6:12 AM · Report this
ferret 3
I think the interview was a little less surly than Bill O'Reilly's interviews with President Obama... I assume Fox News will look at this "interview" as "hard hitting'..

I think there was good stuff, but it needed some fine tuning, but overall, both did okay with their performances.
Posted by ferret http://https://twitter.com/#!/okojo hide on March 11, 2014 at 6:51 AM · Report this
treefort 4
I enjoyed that. We have a funny president. And this should help with outreach.
Posted by treefort on March 11, 2014 at 9:20 AM · Report this
raindrop 5
If I wanted a celebrity as a president I would have voted for Barack Obama.
Posted by raindrop on March 11, 2014 at 9:32 AM · Report this
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This has been a bad trend ever since Bill Clinton played his SAX on the Arsenio Hall show. The President isn't just some guy, there's also the dignity of the office to be considered.

Posted by Westside forever on March 11, 2014 at 9:51 AM · Report this
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@5 Democracy - Sometimes it's about more than just what you wanted.
Posted by Honda Civics Class on March 11, 2014 at 10:09 AM · Report this
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@5 You have the relationship backwards. Obama is a celebrity because he is President. Reagan was a celebrity who was elected President.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on March 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM · Report this
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The clip has been identified as the current site with the highest referrals to the HealthCare.gov.
Posted by Keiffer on March 11, 2014 at 10:36 AM · Report this
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@6 Clinton wasn't president when he did that. By that same token, Reagan besmirched the dignity of the office by appearing on screen with a chimp co-star, or George W. Bush did when he played dress up on an aircraft carrier. (Oh wait, he was president then...)
Posted by malen on March 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM · Report this
The Empty Yellow Houses of Fort Lawton 11
Oh, c'mon 6. Showing a human, humorous side is undignified? You want them to always be starch asses? :)
Posted by The Empty Yellow Houses of Fort Lawton http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Lawton on March 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM · Report this
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@11 I've got nothing against showing a human, humorous side. But to me, appearing on a Funny or Die web show to try to sell the signature accomplishment of your 8 years in office is a big, BIG step down for the most powerful politician on earth. How would you feel about this if the subject was the failure to close Gitmo or the progress of the Afghan war? The President should't fuck around with issues of gravity.
Posted by Westside forever on March 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM · Report this
The Empty Yellow Houses of Fort Lawton 13
He wouldn't go on an undergroundish comedy show to talk about prisons or wars! Also, when any kindofabigdeal type person, pope or president, decides to slum it a little with us peasants, it makes a lot of us smile. & possibly sign up for healthcare.
Posted by The Empty Yellow Houses of Fort Lawton http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Lawton on March 11, 2014 at 12:34 PM · Report this
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The Teabaggers are so pissed that they are stuck with Princess Dumbass of the North and what's his name? That guy that was occasionally funny when he on SNL about thirty years ago? Dennis something caucasian, I think. Anyway, he sucks now.
Posted by kwodell on March 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM · Report this
HelpMeJebus 15
@12

Have you heard of this thing called the internet?
Posted by HelpMeJebus on March 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM · Report this
debug 16
@12 ...get off my lawn, right?

Posted by debug on March 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM · Report this
Allyn 17
@6 The beauty of the Presidency is that it *is* "just some guy". The president is not appointed by God or happenstance of birth, but is a common citizen - as special as the rest of us. Certainly, happenstance of birth has historically played into who has the means and education to become president, but the intention of the office is that this person who becomes president does so because of his or her work, because the president is just a citizen, a real human and not a descendant of gods or especially anointed.

Sure, the person who can achieve the office of the president is going to be a cut above average - either by luck, work, or familial ties - but still: there is no nobility in America.
Posted by Allyn on March 12, 2014 at 9:29 AM · Report this

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