WATCH: President Disses Zach Galifianakis On ‘Funny Or Die’

Obama talks Obamacare with Zach Galifianakis on 'Between Two Ferns'

President Obama traded barbs with Zach Galifianakis on Funny Or Die’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ satiric talk show. Who says health insurance has to be dull? Photo: Screenshot from Funny or Die.

President Obama traded barbs with Zach Galifianakis on Funny Or Die’s “Between Two Ferns” satiric talk show. It was all in the service of promoting health insurance coverage for young people. But there were plenty of good zingers along the way.

In case you’re not familiar with “Between Two Ferns,” it’s a mock, low-budget talk show. Galifianakis, as the host, asks squirm-inducing questions. Obama was no exception. Galifianakis deadpanned with such questions as, “What is it like to be the last black president?” and “Which country were you rooting for in the Winter Olympics?” He also asked, “Where are you planning on building your presidential library? In Hawaii or your home country of Kenya?”

I don’t know about you but I got the feeling that President Obama had been given the questions, or at least a good idea of them, in advance. I wasn’t the only one. Time reported that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney “did not give a yes/no answer, though he did say there was a lot of ad-libbing.”

Obama and Galifianakis square off

Still, it’s fun to watch Obama giving as good as he got. He jabbed back at Galifianakis by likening a third presidential term to “doing a third ‘Hangover’ movie. It didn’t really work out very well, did it?” And when Galifianakis said if he were president, he’d make same-sex divorce illegal, Obama shot back, “I think that’s why you’re not president. And that’s a good thing.”

Of course, the president did have a chance to pitch health insurance to young people. He said that most young Americans are not covered now. But, he added, “They can get coverage all for what it costs to pay your cellphone bill.” He also said the HealthCare.gov website “works great now.”

Viewers going from Funny or Die to HealthCare.Gov

Oh, and the strategy seems to have worked. White House Senior Communications Advisor Tara McGuinness tweeted earlier today that “FunnyorDie.com is the #1 source of referrals to http://HealthCare.gov  right now.”

Who says talking up health insurance coverage has to be dull?

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