Zach Galifianakis Interviews President Obama

Mar 11, 2014
Originally published on March 11, 2014 11:56 am

An unusual interview with President Obama aired today on Zach Galifianakis’s online show “Between Two Ferns.” That’s a comedy series on the website Funny Or Die that features awkward and bizarre celebrity interviews.

President Obama did the interview to promote the Affordable Care Act, hoping to appeal to young people. But Galifianakis started with some questions of his own.

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

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

Zach: It’s a three inch horizontal, so…

Where are you planning on building your presidential library – in Hawaii or your home country of Kenya because I mean both places seem like they would be…

Obama: Zach that’s a ridiculous question.

Zach: Well I mean not to bring up the birth certificate thing – which you clearly never did really produce your re-

Obama: Where’s your birth certificate? Why don’t you show it to us right now?

Zach: I don’t want to show anybody my birth certificate because it’s embarrassing.

Obama: What’s embarrassing about it?

Zach: My weight on it – it says I was born seven pounds… 800 ounces.

Eventually Galifianakis got to the subject of Obamacare, albeit in a roundabout way.

Zach: So do you go to any websites that are dot com’s or dot net’s or do you mainly just stick with dot gov’s?

Obama: No actually we go to dot govs. Have you heard of HealthCare.gov?

Zach: Here we go… Okay, let’s get this out of the way… what did you come here to plug?

Obama: Well first of all, I think it’s fair to say that I wouldn’t be with you here today if I didn’t have something to plug. Have you heard of the Affordable Care Act?

Zach: Oh yeah, I heard about that. That’s the thing that doesn’t work. Why would you get the guy that created the Zune to make your website?

Obama: HealthCare.gov works great now.

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Transcript

JEREMY HOBSON, HOST:

And while we're talking media, we want to note an unusual interview with President Obama that aired today. It was on Zach Galifianakis' online show "Between Two Ferns," that's a comedy series on the website Funny or Die, which features awkward, you could say bizarre, celebrity interviews. President Obama did it to promote the Affordable Care Act, hoping to appeal to young people, but Galifianakis started with some questions of his own.

(SOUNDBITE OF INTERNET PROGRAM)

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

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: How does it feel having a three-inch vertical?

GALIFIANAKIS: It's a three-inch horizontal, so. Where are you planning on building your presidential library, in Hawaii or 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, I mean, not to bring up the birth certificate thing, but you really never did really produce your real birth...

OBAMA: Where's your birth certificate? Why don't you show it to us right now?

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

OBAMA: What's embarrassing about it?

GALIFIANAKIS: My weight on it. It says that I was born seven pounds, 800 ounces.

HOBSON: Well, eventually Galifianakis got to the subject of Obamacare, albeit in a roundabout way.

(SOUNDBITE OF INTERNET PROGRAM)

GALIFIANAKIS: So do you go to any website that are dot-coms or dot-nets, or do you mainly just stick with dot-govs?

OBAMA: No, actually we go to dot-govs. Have you heard of heathcare.gov?

GALIFIANAKIS: Here we go. OK, let's get this out of the way. What did you come here to plug?

OBAMA: Well first of all, I think it's fair to say that I wouldn't be with you here today if I didn't have something to plug. Have you heard of the Affordable Care Act?

GALIFIANAKIS: Oh yeah, I heard about that. That's the thing that doesn't work. Why would you get the guy that created the Zoon to make your website?

OBAMA: Heathcare.gov works great now.

HOBSON: President Obama, speaking with Zach Galifianakis on his show "Between Two Ferns."

ROBIN YOUNG, HOST:

I love when he asked him: What should we do about North IKEA?

(LAUGHTER)

HOBSON: Meaning North Korea. This is HERE AND NOW. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.