Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Obama goes 'Between The Ferns' with Zach Galifianakis on 'Funny or Die' webseries

The latest guest on Zach Galifianakis spoof series was U.S. President Barack Obama (seriously) and the two had a hilarious exchange during the segment. The video was first posted to Funny or Die on Tuesday, but has spread virally since then.

The six-minute clip jumps around from subject to subject, but a remarkably deadpan Obama pair spars quite well with Galifianakis. Subjects include Obama's "missing" birth certificate, Bradley Cooper, Galifianakis' weight,

An example of the barbs trade back and forth include the time when Galifianakis asks Obama, “What’s it like to be the last black president.” Obama follows up with a sharp, “Seriously? What’s it like for this to be that last time you ever talk to a president?”

There was also the time that Galifianakis commented, "You know what I would do if I were president, Mr. President, I would make same-sex divorce illegal. Then see how bad they (gays) want it." To that, Obama replied, "I think that's why you're not president, and that's a good thing."

Speaking on ambassadors, Galifianakis said: "So how does this work? Do you send Ambassador Rodman to North Korea on your behalf? I read somewhere that you'd be sending Hulk Hogan to Syria, or is that more of a job for Tonya Harding. Obama replied succinctly, "Zach –- he's not our ambassador."

Finally, the big "plug," as Galifianakis called it: the Affordable Care Act.
Galifianakis: So do you go to any websites that are dot-coms, or dot-nets, or do you mainly just stick with dot-govs?

Obama: No actually we go to dot-govs, have you heard of Healthcare.gov?

Galifianakis: Oh here we go, okay let's get this out of the way, what did you come here to plug?

Obama: 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 about the Affordable Care Act?

Galifianakis: Oh yeah, I've heard about that. That's the thing that doesn't work? Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to make your website?

Obama: Healthcare.gov works great now. And millions of Americans have already gotten health insurance plans and what we want is for people to know that you can get affordable health care. And most young Americans, right now they're not covered. And the truth is that they can get coverage all for what it costs you to pay your cellphone bill.

Galifianakis: I don't have a phone, I'm off the grid. I don't want you people reading my texts, you know what I mean?

Obama: First of all Zach, no one is interested in your texts. But second of all you can do it in person, and the law means that insurers can't discriminate against you if you have a preexisting condition any more.
At this point, Galifianakis rolled up his sleeve to shows the President some sort of issue on his arm, that Obama calls "disgusting." The President then tells galifianakis that he needs to get it checked right away, again plugging the ACA by saying, "Zach, you need to get that checked right away. You need to get on Healthcare.gov because that's one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen.'

Galifianakis shot back, "Is your plug finally over?"

"I suppose so," replied the President.

At the end of the sketch, Obama pushes a button on the table between the pair, and a black curtain behind them drops, revealing that Galifianakis has been taping the show in the Diplomatic Room at the White House. Galifianakis then thanks the president for the interview and adds, "Thanks for letting me shoot my show here all these years."

When Obama asks, "Who gave you permission to do that?," Galifianakis responds, "Bush."

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