President Obama gets awkward with Zach Galifianakis on "Between Two Ferns"

"Sorry I had to cancel a few times," Galifianakis told the president. "My mouse pad broke last week..."



Prachi Gupta
March 11, 2014 4:37PM (UTC)

Barack Obama (sp?), a "community organizer," is the most recent guest on comedian Zach Galifiankis's awkward celebrity interview series, "Between Two Ferns." The two discussed pardoning the turkey, Obama's birth certificate, the healthcare bill, the totalitarian regime of North Ikea, drones and Bradley Cooper.

"Sorry I had to cancel a few times," Galifiankis told the most powerful man in the country. "My mouse pad broke last week and I had to get my great aunt some diabetes shoes."

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"You know what, Zach? It's no problem. I mean I have to say, when I heard that people actually watch this show, I was actually pretty surprised," Obama shot back.

Obama not only humored Galifiankis's incompetent, stand-offish character, but threw out some zingers of his own:

Galifianakis: What is it like to be the last black president?

Obama: What’s it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president?

Galifianakis: It must kind of stink, though, that you can't run three times.

Obama: Actually, I think it's a good thing. If I ran a third time, it'd be sort of like doing a third 'Hangover' movie." Didn't really work out very well, did it?

But in between the comedy bits, the tech-savvy president also got a chance to send his message to young people, including Healthcare.gov.

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

Watch the whole interview below:


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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