Important Obama Interview


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I thought it was pretty funny. I read that healthcare.gov has had over 50,000 referrals from the video so far. In that sense, it would seem it was a success.
 

obeygiant

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The following is a transcript of President Obama's interview with Zach Galifianakis on his Funny or Die show, "Between Two Ferns."

Galifianakis: Sorry I had to cancel a few times. My mouse pad broke last week and I had to get my great aunt some diabetes shoes and uh ...

Obama: Uh, you know what, Zach? It's no problem. I mean, I have to say, when I heard that, like people actually watch this show, I was actually pretty surprised.

Galifianakis: Shh, shh! Hi, welcome to another edition of "Between Two Ferns." I'm your host, Zach Galifianakis and uh, my guest today is Barack Obam (looks at paper) President Barack Obama.

Obama: Good to be with you, Zach.

Galifianakis: First question. In 2013, you pardoned a turkey. What do you have planned for 2014?

Obama: We'll probably pardon another turkey. We do that every Thanksgiving. Was that depressing to you? Seeing that, uh, one turkey kinda taken out of circulation? A turkey you couldn't eat?

Galifianakis: 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?

Obama: Zach, he's, he's not our ambassador.

Galifianakis: What should we do about North Ikea? (Looks at paper) Kor? North?

Obama: Why don't we move on?

Galifianakis: I have to know. What is it like to be the last black president?

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

Galifianakis: It must kinda stink though, that you can't run, you know, three times. You know?

Obama: No. Actually, I think it's a good idea. Uh, if I ran a third time, it'd be sorta like doing a third "Hangover" movie. It didn't really work out very well, did it?

Obama: Now I have to say that I've seen this show before and, uh, some of the episodes have probably been a little better than this. You know, for example, the one with Bradley Cooper, that was a great show.

Galifianakis: (muffled) Bradley Cooper?

Obama: He kinda carried that movie, didn't he?

Galifianakis: Uh, which, which film are you speaking of?

Obama: Uh, those "Hangover" movies. He, he, basically, he carried them.

Galifianakis: Yeah, everybody loves Bradley. Good for him.

Obama: Good lookin' guy.

Galifianakis: Being like that in Hollywood, that's easy! Tall, handsome, that's easy. Be short, fat, and smell like Doritos and try to make it in Hollywood.

Galifianakis: Is it going to be hard in two years when, uh, you're no longer president and people will stop letting you win at basketball?

Obama: How, how does it feel having a three-inch vertical?

Galifianakis: It's a three-inch horizontal so ...

Galifianakis: Where are you planning on building your presidential library, in Hawaii or in your home country of Kenya? Because, I mean, both places seem like they would be ...

Obama: Zach, that's a ridiculous question.

Galifianakis: Well, you know, not to bring up the birth certificate question, but you really never did really produce your real ...

Obama interrupts: Where's your birth certificate? Why, why don't you show it to us right now?

Galifianakis: I don't want to show anybody my birth certificate cause it's embarrassing.

Obama: What's embarrassing about it?

Galifianakis: My weight on it. It says I was born 7 pounds, 800 ounces.

Galifianakis: You know what I would do if I were president, Mr. President? I would make same-sex divorce illegal, then see how bad they want it.

Obama: I think that's why you're not president. And that's a good thing.

Galifianakis: You said if you had a son, you would not let him play football. What makes you think he would want to play football? What if he was a nerd like you?

Obama: You think a woman like Michelle would marry a nerd? Why don't you ask her whether she thinks I'm a nerd?

Galifianakis: Could I?

Obama: No. I'm not going to let her near you.

Galifianakis: So do you go any websites that are dot-coms, or dot-nets or do you mainly just stick with dot-govs?
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I thought it was pretty funny. I read that healthcare.gov has had over 50,000 referrals from the video so far. In that sense, it would seem it was a success.
Yes it would. They only need 60,000 a day to make their goal.

With open enrollment ending March 31, that means to meet the goal, another 1.8 million people would have to sign up during the month, an average of about 60,000 a day.
Detroit News
 

Technarchy

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Saw it yesterday. Pretty funny.

And no, I don't think it diminishes the office at all, which is what I've heard said on talk radio.

The President is not a king. A little humor goes along with the "colonial" spirit. And Obama is not a blue blood.
 

Sydde

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Obama comes across as a bit of a ****.
I don't know, I mean imagine Graham Chapman interviewing the Iron Lady, if she responded the way Obama did, would you say that about her? Bear in mind, too, that this was a scripted comedy sketch, not a straight-up interview.
 

BenTrovato

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I thought it was somewhat entertaining. I'd hope most Americans/people understand the President is only a figurehead/spokesman and not a real leader who runs a nation so who cares if the guy wants to have fun and get some publicity. You're only the spokesman of the United States of America for 8 years, enjoy it!
 

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I thought it was somewhat entertaining. I'd hope most Americans/people understand the President is only a figurehead/spokesman and not a real leader who runs a nation so who cares if the guy wants to have fun and get some publicity. You're only the spokesman of the United States of America for 8 years, enjoy it!
To bad many Americas don't take this to heart. Too many think voting for the president and mayor is good enough. Meanwhile they shrug their shoulders during midterms. It's like picking a center and a point guard in fantasy basketball and not caring about the rest of the team.
 

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I thought it was somewhat entertaining. I'd hope most Americans/people understand the President is only a figurehead/spokesman and not a real leader who runs a nation so who cares if the guy wants to have fun and get some publicity.!
How absurd.

Within a few short hours, the president could launch enough nukes to render this planet uninhabitable for humans. Because the presidency gives the Oval Office occupant such awesome power, it should be respected.
 

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How absurd.

Within a few short hours, the president could launch enough nukes to render this planet uninhabitable for humans. Because the presidency gives the Oval Office occupant such awesome power, it should be respected.
Are you saying that the President, by virtue of his awesome power, should never show the slightest bit of humor? Don't you think it depends on what he is joking about?

This, for example, was an inappropriate joke in 1984:

On August 11, 1984, United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, was preparing to make his weekly Saturday radio address on National Public Radio. As a sound check prior to the address, Reagan made the following joke to the radio technicians:

My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_begin_bombing_in_five_minutes
 

jnpy!$4g3cwk

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I thought it was amusing. But, I have to admit that this part was true for me:

The following is a transcript of President Obama's interview with Zach Galifianakis on his Funny or Die show, "Between Two Ferns."

Galifianakis: Sorry I had to cancel a few times. My mouse pad broke last week and I had to get my great aunt some diabetes shoes and uh ...

Obama: Uh, you know what, Zach? It's no problem. I mean, I have to say, when I heard that, like people actually watch this show, I was actually pretty surprised.
He looks vaguely familiar, but, if I ever knew who Zach Galifianakis was, I must have forgotten. Hope it reaches its audience.
 

Technarchy

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How absurd.

Within a few short hours, the president could launch enough nukes to render this planet uninhabitable for humans. Because the presidency gives the Oval Office occupant such awesome power, it should be respected.
Nixon was on "Laugh In"

And GWB was well known to be a constant jokester with a good sense of humor.

Clinton played sax on Arsenio Hall.

Presidents are people and this is not some stodgy monarchy. I appreciate when they show some humanity.

Heaven forbid we make the White House all about being a tight ass with a finger on the button.
 

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I say Obama should send Uncle Joe to do an interview with Zach.

Reagan would never have sullied the Office of the Presidency by appearing with a comedian.


Let's not forget Bush appearing on Deal or No Deal with noted policy analyst Howie Mandell.
 

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So what is your point?
I'm going to paraphrase BenTrovato's post (to which I had responded) to hammer home my point:

I'd hope most Americans/people understand the President is NOT a figurehead/spokesman and IS a real leader who runs a nation!​

I think Obama has been an inferior president, but that doesn't stop me from respecting the office he holds.

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Nixon was on "Laugh In"

And GWB was well known to be a constant jokester with a good sense of humor.

Clinton played sax on Arsenio Hall.

Presidents are people and this is not some stodgy monarchy. I appreciate when they show some humanity.

Heaven forbid we make the White House all about being a tight ass with a finger on the button.
Amazing. My post didn't mention presidential humor at all. How on Earth did you think it did?
 

ElectronGuru

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Amazing. My post didn't mention presidential humor at all. How on Earth did you think it did?
This whole thread is about presidential humor. Folks around here are pretty damn smart but we cant read your mind. If you want to discuss something else, you'll need to start a new thread or at least share some context on the topic you're introducing.