By Mark Felsenthal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took his quest to sign young people up for health insurance to a comedy website on Tuesday, where he traded insults with host Zach Galifianakis while plugging his signature Obamacare health program.
Obama sat for an interview on “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis,” on the Funny or Die comedy website. The actor, who starred in “The Hangover” films, is known for his cringe-inducing banter on the program. Obama got the chance to plug his signature health care program, but not until he’d been subjected to questions like “What is it like to be the last black president?” and “What should be done about North Ikea?”
On “Between Two Ferns,” host Galifianakis did not spare Obama from his trademark awkwardness, calling him a nerd and asking him if he’s going to put his presidential library in his “home country” of Kenya. The president appeared to play along gamely and tried to match Galifianakis insult for insult. “When I heard that people actually watch this show, I was pretty surprised,” Obama said.