VIDEO: Barack Obama, Zach Galifianakis – Most Awkward ‘Between Two Ferns’ Interview Ever
President Barack Obama appeared on comedian Zach Galifianakis’ Funny or Die webshow “Between Two Ferns” to promote Healthcare.gov to younger audiences and the interview got pretty awkward. Of course, the goal of the show is to make the interview as comedically awkward as possible and the episode certainly featured a lot of back and forth jabs between the president and the host.
Galifianakis asked Obama “What’s it like being the last black president?” Obama replied “Seriously? What is it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president?”
Zach went on, asking “So how does this work? Do you send Ambassador Rodman to North Korea on your behalf?” to which the president replied “Zach, he’s not our ambassador.” Galifianakis continued, asking “What should be do about North Ikea?” which prompted Obama to say “Why don’t we move on.” That was likely to try to avoid the first ever international incident caused by a webshow episode.
“It must kinda stink, though, that you can’t run for president three times,” Galifianakis mentioned. Not to be outdone, the president shot back “No, I actually think it’s a good idea. If I ran a third time, it would be sort of like doing a third Hangover movie. Didn’t really work out very well, did it?” Obama brought up a previous episode that featured Galifianakis’ Hangover co-star Bradley Cooper, mentioning “He kinda carried that movie, didn’t he? Basically, he carried them. Good-looking guy.”
The rest of the interview featured similar back-and-forth jabs that didn’t always land. Galifianakis asked “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 replied “How does it feel having a three-inch vertical?”
“Where are you planning to build your presidential library: in Hawaii or your home country of Kenya?” Zach asked. When Obama refused to answer, he continued, “You said if you had a son, you would not let him play football. What makes you think that he would want to play football? What if he was a nerd like you?” Obama replied “Do you think a woman like Michelle would marry a nerd?”
See the full episode below: