In attempt to attract attention of young Americans, President Barack Obama appears on “Between Two Ferns,” Funny or Die’s intentionally awkward interview series hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis.
Seated between two ferns, the U.S. president â€” identified on screen as “Community Organizer” â€” honestly answered all tricky questions he likely has never faced in the White House briefing room.
“In 2013 you pardoned the turkey,” Galifianakis began. “What do you have planned for 2014?” “We’ll probably pardon another turkey,” the president joked. “We do that every Thanksgiving.”
However, Galifianakis went on wondering: “So how does this work: Do you send Ambassador Rodman to North Korea on your behalf? I read somewhere that you’ll be sending Hulk Hogan to Syria, or is that more of a job for Tonya Harding?”
“He’s not our ambassador,” Obama replied. “Zach, why don’t we move on.”
“I have to know,” Galifianakis said later. “Whatâ€™s it like to be the last black president?â€ť
â€śSeriously?” Obama said. “Whatâ€™s it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president?â€ť
“Is it going to be hard in two years when you’re no longer president and people stop letting you win at basketball?” Galifianakis then asked. And Obama’s response came iimediately: “What’s it like having a three-inch vertical?”
The White House officials later explained to reporters that Obama’sÂ Funny or Die appearance is a part of a plan aimed at promoting the March 31 deadline for young people to sign up for health insurance on HealthCare.gov.
â€śWe have to find ways to break through,â€ť senior adviser said. â€śThis is essentially an extension of the code we have been trying to crack for seven years now.â€ť
Executive producer Mike Farah revealed to the media that the idea for the president’s appearance on “Between Two Ferns,” was conceived last July, when Funny or Die met with Obama and other administration officials at the White House.
“We wanted to make it like any other ‘Between Two Ferns’ episode, that just happened to have the president,” Farah said. “Zach wrote a treatment about how he thought things would go, and the president went with it.”
By the way, so far more than 4.2 million people enrolled into private plans via Obamacare’s health insurance exchange marketplaces through March 1.
“The first open enrollment period on the exchanges, which are intended for individuals and families who don’t get health benefits at work and aren’t covered by government health care programs, ends March 31 for private coverage that will be in effect this year,” The Huffington Post reports.
“At the current pace, sign-ups areÂ below the original target of 5.6 millionÂ by the end of February, based on the Congressional Budget Office projection of 7 million by the end of March. Last month, the budget officeÂ downgraded those projections to 6 millionÂ total for the full six-month enrollment period, so a big surge would be needed in the final weeks to meet that benchmark,” the publication explained.