Funny or die: Obama pitches ObamaCare to Zach Galifianakis; Update: Goal achieved

posted at 11:21 am on March 11, 2014 by Allahpundit

A rare presidential foray into “cringe humor.” If it were anyone else I’d assume this was done under duress, knowing that young adults aren’t signing up on the exchanges at the rate needed for a healthy risk pool. He’s got just three weeks to grab their attention and get them interested before the enrollment deadline passes (unless it’s extended by kingly proclamation, of course). If mugging with Galifianakis for five minutes in a sure-to-be-viral vid boosts the number of twentysomethings who surf over to Healthcare.gov, oh well.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Still, I doubt anyone had to twist his arm. Spock-ish though he is, it must pain him that the cultural electricity of Hopenchange circa 2008 has shorted out as much as it has. No one respects him abroad anymore and his biggest moves domestically lately are sporadic ad hoc “tweaks” to undo O-Care rules that he himself signed into law. It’s only natural that a man going through hard times would want to recapture the excitement of youth. Here’s one way to bring a little currency back.

But there appears to be no place that Mr. Obama is unwilling to go in his search for young people, which the image makers of his predecessors have noticed.

“We have to worry about the dignity of the presidency,” said Mike McCurry, who served as Mr. Clinton’s press secretary in the 1990s. “There’s a limit to how much you can do.” Still, he said, “the shifts in the popular culture and the way people are entertained and get information almost mandate new strategies.”

Nicolle Wallace, who was Mr. Bush’s communications director, said she suspects there are some lines that even Mr. Pfeiffer and his current team will not cross.

“You can’t put a president on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,’” she said, perhaps hopefully.

We’ll see about that.

Galifianakis is a natural choice for this role, by the way. He and the rest of the “Hangover” gang cut an impromptu campaign ad for Obama in 2012. Galifianakis himself has said of the left’s Emmanuel Goldstein, the Koch brothers, that “It’s not freedom what they are doing,” whatever that means. Sonny Bunch is disappointed that comedy in the age of Obama seems to have moved from challenging the powerful and telling uncomfortable truths to acting as emcee during a presidential insurance seminar, but don’t worry. Things will be back to normal once a Republican’s back in the White House.

As for the clip itself, let’s put it this way: It’s funnier than any of “The Hangover” movies. Make of that what you will.

Update: There is a method to this madness:


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Yup, I’m out of touch. Who the he!! is Zach Galifianakis?!

NavyMustang on March 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

What an embarrassment…

PatriotRider on March 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

We have to worry about the dignity of the presidency,” said Mike McCurry, who served as Mr. Clinton’s press secretary

Much,much too late for that

jmtham156 on March 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Who?

Akzed on March 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

OMG.

I think I’ll go have a drink, how embarrassing.

Bishop on March 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

In my lifetime, I never thought I would see this type of trivialization of the Presidency…

PatriotRider on March 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Funny or die:

Die.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Even Putin must be wondering what the hell is going on over here…

PatriotRider on March 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Obama makes Mugabe look like a world class statesman…

PatriotRider on March 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM

“Sock it to me.” -Richard Nixon

Akzed on March 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

triple will be here any second to tell us that this embarrassing bit is the funniest thing evah!

VegasRick on March 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

If it was an actor impersonating Obama then maybe it would be funnier.
But it is the President…and it is demeaning the position and office of the Presidency.
So not only is Obama trying to ruin the USA he is now openly trying to trivialize the office of the President.

And this bit would not get me (or anyone else) to sign up for ObamaCare.

albill on March 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Boxers.

cbenoistd on March 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM

“Sock it to me.” -Richard Nixon
Akzed on March 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

That was stupid, too.

albill on March 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM

“You can’t put a president on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,’” she said, perhaps hopefully.

Oh please! He would sit down for Christmas dinner with Honey Boo Boo, get his nails done with the Kardashians, say yes to the dress, emcee the rose ceremony on The Bachelor, or hawk Obamacare on The Home Shopping Network! The thing about being shameless is that there are no bright red lines.

Happy Nomad on March 11, 2014 at 11:34 AM

“You can’t put a president on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,’” she said, perhaps hopefully.

He lives with his own enormous-ass woman, so it would feel just like home.

slickwillie2001 on March 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Obama makes Mugabe look like a world class statesman…

PatriotRider on March 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Compared to the rat-eared wonder, Mugabe IS a world-class statesman.

Happy Nomad on March 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM

That was pretty funny because long ago I stopped taking Obama seriously.

Mryett on March 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM

The Potted Plant Presidency with a bloomin’ idiot. Yup, everything’s smelling like roses.

Flange on March 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Lightweight intelligence on full display. And I don’t mean Galifianakis.

battalion on March 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

We have to worry about the dignity of the presidency

Dignity?

The horse is out of the barn.
The ship has sailed.
The tooth paste is out of the tube.
The train has left the station.
You can’t put the genie back in the bottle.
etc.

ElectricPhase on March 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

“You can’t put a president on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,’” she said, perhaps hopefully.

For now.

Gatsu on March 11, 2014 at 11:39 AM

“Sock it to me.” -Richard Nixon
Akzed on March 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Beat me to it! I still get points because it happened 15 years before I was born.
Also, you forgot to add a question mark at the end. There was something quizzical about his timbre when he said it. ;)

Glenn Jericho on March 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Sort of on-topic and sort of important:
Obama’s Anti-Second Amendment Nominee For Surgeon General: Guns Are a Healthcare Issue
This guy’s a nutjob.

22044 on March 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I’d love to see the look on Moochelle’s face when he takes the “selfie” with Kimmy Kardashian. Snuggle into that booty O.

MontanaMmmm on March 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

You all know this show is supposed to be bad, right?

Saying that, I think with what Obama has on his plate right now, that appearing on comedy shows is probably not the best use of his time.

portlandon on March 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Funny how Nicolle Wallace got her pre-2008 job title back. Along with the knife.

cbenoistd on March 11, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Of course Obama is going on the Kardashians. A thin-skinned petulant little narcissist can’t stand the fact that nominally-white women like them have higher approval ratings than he does.

northdallasthirty on March 11, 2014 at 11:44 AM

As I’ve often said, “With ferns like these, who needs anenomes?”

ktrush on March 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM

These “Lord of the Flies millennials” will eat this crap and beg for more.

portlandon on March 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Ferns

Fake too.

Tsar of Earth on March 11, 2014 at 11:47 AM

“Sock it to me.” -Richard Nixon

Akzed on March 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

IIRC he wasn’t President yet when he did that.

ElectricPhase on March 11, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Even Putin must be wondering what the hell is going on over here…

PatriotRider on March 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM

And Ukraine reevaluates it’s future associates…

the_nile on March 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM

AP opines: No one respects him abroad anymore

The Nobel prize committee asks: “Is there a procedure for rescinding a Nobel Peace Prize?”

AP further opines: and his biggest moves domestically lately are sporadic ad hoc “tweaks” to undo O-Care rules that he himself signed into law.

ObamaCare used to be a law. Now it’s become performance art.

LashRambo on March 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Yup, I’m out of touch. Who the he!! is Zach Galifianakis?!

NavyMustang on March 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

I think he played Gimli in the Lord of the Rings movies.

The Schaef on March 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Maybe they’ll remake it with the same plot line two more times and see how much blood they can wring from it.

Preezy Steezy doesn’t realize that begging kids for money they don’t have from jobs they don’t work only ends one way. Disappointment.

The only reason they’re home watching web videos is because they don’t have anything more productive to do.

CycloneCDB on March 11, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Well, now that Ted Kennedy is no longer around, I guess applications for the role of “most execrable parody of a statesman” are once again being accepted.

Cleombrotus on March 11, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Spock-ish though he is, it must pain him that the cultural electricity of Hopenchange circa 2008 has shorted out as much as it has.

Spock to Obama: That is not logical, Captain!

Could we ask Scotty to PLEASE beam him up?

Steve Z on March 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM

What I’m seeing here is a class clown who’s audience has grown tired of his schtick, and he’s looking for another group to lead.

BobMbx on March 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM

He lives with his own enormous-ass woman, so it would feel just like home.

slickwillie2001 on March 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Thank you for at least trying to use abstract terms.

sincerely,
us

Tsar of Earth on March 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM

It was like the Special Olympics or something.

rogerb on March 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Unemployment among black youth is 32%. You think that if Obama wanted to do something useful, he’d work on that not going begging to hipsters to sign up for his worthless health plan instead of simply mooching off the parents until reaching 26.

Happy Nomad on March 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Galifianakis

I was bedridden with that in 5th grade. Missed a whole week of school!

Shy Guy on March 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Spock to Obama: That is not logical, Captain!

Could we ask Scotty to PLEASE beam him up?

Steve Z on March 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Using the “glitchy” transporter.

Happy Nomad on March 11, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Well the next logical step is QVC. Or maybe he can do a guest shot on one of those Shark Vacuum Infomercials.

President Embarrassment.

BigWyo on March 11, 2014 at 11:57 AM

What I’m seeing here is a class clown who’s audience has grown tired of his schtick, and he’s looking for another group to lead.

BobMbx on March 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I’m scared to ask, but what audience would that that be???…

PatriotRider on March 11, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Fundamental lack of seriousness.

dAnconia_Copper on March 11, 2014 at 11:59 AM

He’s come a long way from the Greek columns and halo photos.

Naturally Curly on March 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Old and busted: Greek columns and swooning crowds.

New hotness: Potted plants and some guy half of us never heard of.

CurtZHP on March 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Well the next logical step is QVC. Or maybe he can do a guest shot on one of those Shark Vacuum Infomercials.

President Embarrassment.

BigWyo on March 11, 2014 at 11:57 AM

He could pitch the “sham-wow” while he’s at it. Maybe pick up a couple bucks on the side.

VegasRick on March 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

You can’t put a president on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,’” she said, perhaps hopefully.

Only because the Kardashians would be afraid it could hurt their credibility.

tommyboy on March 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Bad. Really bad.

Galifianikis: “I have to know. What’s it like to be the last black president?”

Obama: “Seriously? What’s it like for this to be that last time you ever talk to a president?”

Galifianikis should have replied: “When was the first time?”

de rigueur on March 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Good Lord, the bar is low for comedy these days. I think just saying boring, quasi-ironic things with a straight face is all that’s required. Any random video from RedLetterMedia is funnier than that clip.

Dongemaharu on March 11, 2014 at 12:03 PM

CurtZHP on March 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Jinx!

Naturally Curly on March 11, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Well the next logical step is QVC. Or maybe he can do a guest shot on one of those Shark Vacuum Infomercials.

BigWyo on March 11, 2014 at 11:57 AM

He’s pretty much doing the Antique Roadshow now.

de rigueur on March 11, 2014 at 12:03 PM

The Interpretive Dancing Preznit.

Dog Eater’s next SOTU will have him wearing a skin suit and climbing a ladder balanced on two crates while flitting bright ribbons through the air. No music or talk of course, just the Dance of the Healthcare Twit.

Bishop on March 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I’m scared to ask, but what audience would that that be???…

PatriotRider on March 11, 2014 at 11:58 AM

The 3 people that watch BTF.

VegasRick on March 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Dog Eater’s next SOTU will have him wearing a skin suit and climbing a ladder balanced on two crates while flitting bright ribbons through the air. No music or talk of course, just the Dance of the Healthcare Twit.

Bishop on March 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM

C’mon. You know you’d pay to see him in a chorus line with the dancing Va-Jay-Jays.

de rigueur on March 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM

He’s pretty much doing the Antique Roadshow now.

de rigueur on March 11, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Hey! Show a little bit of respect for the First Lady!!!

Happy Nomad on March 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM

“Sock it to me.” -Richard Nixon

Akzed on March 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

That made me long for the good ol’ days of Goldie Hawn, Vietnam and youth long gone.

HiJack on March 11, 2014 at 12:08 PM

That one with the prez you can see obummer is reading cue cards. It is not funny but verrry odd. The other ones with Conan, Andy Dick, Steve Carrell and others are pretty funny.

jake49 on March 11, 2014 at 12:09 PM

so a media created personality acts like a fool and people (not us) are surprised.
that’s what you get when you vote present people….

dmacleo on March 11, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Next up! Filling out his NCAA bracket with justin beiber!

VegasRick on March 11, 2014 at 12:11 PM

And now we know why Putin and others have no respect for our clown of a president! SHAMEFUL to say the least!

fbcmusicman on March 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM

For a president that is suppose to be so good with words and talking (BS), it is amazing to see how The One can only talk to children and young people because they are the only ones he can con and lie too now and not have critical questions thrown back at him…just amazing to see. Plus when did he have time to do this with how busy he is, how did he find time away from the golf course to pull this off, he must have sacrificed so much for us to pull this one off.

One_If_By_Land on March 11, 2014 at 12:15 PM

He’s got just three weeks to grab their attention and get them interested before the enrollment deadline passes (unless it’s extended by kingly proclamation, of course).

*glances up with a “really? you really just said that?” look of disdain*

Midas on March 11, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Sort of on-topic and sort of important:

Obama’s Anti-Second Amendment Nominee For Surgeon General: Guns Are a Healthcare Issue

This guy’s a nutjob.

22044 on March 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Yeah, so is gasoline. One of the worst mass murders in the US was committed with a buck’s worth of gasoline and a couple matches.

So are doctors going to be required to ask how many gallons of gasoline you have stored in your garage?

climbnjump on March 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Reeks of desperation. I guess slow jammin the news is no longer hip.

neyney on March 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM

I’m scared to ask, but what audience would that that be???…

PatriotRider on March 11, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Have you heard any screeching from DWS about the glory of ObamaCare lately?

Not saying she, or those like her, is jumping ship but I do believe they know they have been totally screwed by their guy and they ain’t happy about it.

Without Reid and Pelosi in their current positions holding hammers over the D’s heads, “lame duck” would not begin to describe the jerk in the White House in secret DNC meetings.

BobMbx on March 11, 2014 at 12:22 PM

OMG what a farking loser!! What a disgrace.

Key West Reader on March 11, 2014 at 12:23 PM

“Sock it to me.” -Richard Nixon

Akzed on March 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

That was stupid, too.

albill on March 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM

No so stupid…that one brief appearance arguably won the election for Nixon.

JetBoy on March 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM

He could pitch the “sham-wow” while he’s at it. Maybe pick up a couple bucks on the side.

VegasRick on March 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

He did pitch the “sham-wow”…when he talked about the ACA. If that ain’t one wow of a sham, I don’t know what is.

JetBoy on March 11, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Not only does Obamao get no respect from me on a personal level these types of events are actually causing me to lose respect for the office of the Presidency. What a POS!

Doomsday on March 11, 2014 at 12:28 PM

I wish he’d flash a little of that community organizing dreaminess over my way.

(longing sigh)

/media

Good Lt on March 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM

My kids think Zach Galifianakis is a hoot. Unfortunately, they are 16 and 18 and will be covered on our insurance til they are 26. Not sure who Obama thinks he is targeting by appearing on this show. Incidently, this only adds to Obama’s cluelessness – he has no idea he is being interviewed in the White House? He didn’t notice that he never left the building?

ctmom on March 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM

It’s OK. He’s black.

Galtian on March 11, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Funny Or Die has been a liberal propaganda machine since it’s inception. This is only the clincher that should finally prove it to the naysayers.

ButterflyDragon on March 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

What else do you expect from a small man and a welfare queens agitator… What else do you expect from the most incompetent, most ignorant, weakest, pettiest, most immature, most partisan, and most arrogant President in the history of the Republic…

mnjg on March 11, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I think the president should explain to the young people the most important feature of his (not-really-)healthcare plan. The feature that will convince them to sign up for sure…he should tell them that they are going to pay one way or another. I wonder how many of these young obama voters know that they will have to pay a fine, tax, (whatever they want to call stealing) if they do not have health insurance. He should be transparent and let them know about this wonderful feature…I wonder why he never mentions this “benefit” to the younglings…I wonder…

One_If_By_Land on March 11, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Yup, I’m out of touch. Who the he!! is Zach Galifianakis?!

NavyMustang on March 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM
I think he played Gimli in the Lord of the Rings movies.

The Schaef on March 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Nope, he did not play Gimli.

Conservative4Ever on March 11, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Obama is well, well on his way to becoming a one-man wolf pack.

brentspolemics on March 11, 2014 at 12:49 PM

He lives with his own enormous-ass woman, so it would feel just like home.

slickwillie2001 on March 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM

It’s not PC to make fun of transvestites.

Buttercup on March 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Wow Obama is not funny at all

Pegcity on March 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM

This appearance is a logical evolution for this POTUS. The Obama Presidency hangover began before the man was even sworn into office.

brentspolemics on March 11, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Next step: O’Butthead donning a onesie and joining Pajama Boy for morning cocoa. And it’s just downhill from there.

MisterElephant on March 11, 2014 at 12:53 PM

“A nerd like you”

That’s what I’m taking away from that video. I’m still laughing.

bbordwell on March 11, 2014 at 12:55 PM

We have to worry about the dignity of the presidency,” said Mike McCurry, who served as Mr. Clinton’s press secretary
Much,much too late for that

jmtham156 on March 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

So getting blow jobs in the Oval Office, dignitified.
Doing Funny or Die, lowering the dignity?

Must be missing something?!?

LouisianaLightning on March 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Obama in Strangely Humorless “Funny or Die” Video to Promote Healthcare
“It’s not funny but it’s on “Funny or Die.” President Barack Obama appears in a “Funny or Die” video with Zack Galifiankis for the comedian’s “Between Two Ferns” satirical talk show. The pair strident, antagonistic trade barbs that don’t work– they come off as hostile and satirical. Then there’s a pitch for Obamacare and its impending March 31st deadline. This is supposed to appeal to young people. But basically the two just insult each other. The whole comes off as less presidential than Richard Nixon saying “Sock it to me” on “Laugh In.” Obama should not quit his day job.
Galifiankis: “What is it like to be the last black president?”
Oy vey.”

albill on March 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Tara is a propagandist for the administration so…..no.

jawkneemusic on March 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Not funny. Does this mean we’re finally rid of this imbecile?

crrr6 on March 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Wow Obama is not funny at all

Pegcity on March 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Too bad there isn’t truth in the title “funny or die.”

Happy Nomad on March 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

No so stupid…that one brief appearance arguably won the election for Nixon.

JetBoy on March 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Young people and even most older ones don’t see Obama’s media appearances as “trivializing the presidency” but as “reaching out” to them. It is a very shrewd tactical move, and part of the general Democratic strategy of appealing to LIVs where they live.

(Nixon’s previous loss to Kennedy was on photogenic points, not on policy)

Remember, the polling that revealed voters’ complaints about Romney included variants on “yeah, he could fix the economy, but he isn’t very friendly” — which may strike us as a woefully inverted priority, but is a viewpoint that decides elections.

AesopFan on March 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM

My kids think Zach Galifianakis is a hoot. Unfortunately, they are 16 and 18 and will be covered on our insurance til they are 26. Not sure who Obama thinks he is targeting by appearing on this show. Incidently, this only adds to Obama’s cluelessness – he has no idea he is being interviewed in the White House? He didn’t notice that he never left the building?

ctmom on March 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Kick them off at 18.

jawkneemusic on March 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

You guys are such raaaaaacists! Didn’t Eisenhower go on the Bozo the Clown Show the day before he threatened the DPRK with nukes if they didn’t stop fighting? And didn’t Reagan yuck it up with Soupy Saeles a few days before he told Gorbechev to “Tear down this wall”?

/does this really need a sarc tag?

NOMOBO on March 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

That one with the prez you can see obummer is reading cue cards. It is not funny but verrry odd.

jake49 on March 11, 2014 at 12:09 PM

In one of the press club dinners I watched, it was painfully apparent that Obama was reading his scripted “jokes” for the first time at the podium.
He not a naturally humorous man, although some of his off-the-cuff remarks reveal a petty streak of ill-humor.

When I really started watching him in the first 2007-2008 campaign run, I eventually concluded that he was a jerk.
That judgement stands.

AesopFan on March 11, 2014 at 1:19 PM

The 3 people that watch BTF.

The first episode of Between Two Ferns has 13 million views. This 2 hour old episode has 3.3 million views.

smorpheus on March 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM

“He is not”

-2 for typo.

You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.

Was this a long enough interval?

What’s with WordPress lately??
They never had a problem with successive posts before.

AesopFan on March 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Too bad there isn’t truth in the title “funny or die.”

Actually, at the bottom of the video, you can vote, Funny or Die. It’s currently riding at about 90% funny, so you might have some trouble moving that meter.

smorpheus on March 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

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