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President Obama’s Sickest Burns on ‘Between Two Ferns’ With Zach Galifianakis

Photo: Funny or Die

It’s more of a commercial for Obamacare than our generation’s Frost/Nixon, but it’s also pretty funny. Joining the likes of such luminaries as Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lawrence, President Obama sat down for a faux-tense chat with comedian Zach Galifianakis on the beloved web show “Between Two Ferns.” Before he got around to plugging the now-functional healthcare.gov — “A lot of young people, they think they’re invincible” — Obama delivered a few one-liners aimed straight at Galifianakis’s oversize head. The man has timing.

In order of increasing harshness (seriously, who wrote these?):

When I heard that people actually watch this show, I was actually pretty surprised.” —Obama on the popularity of something called “Funny or Die”

The “Can you believe I said that?” grin.

What’s it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president?” —Obama when asked what it’s like “to be the last black president”

How does it feel having a three-inch vertical?” —Obama on Galifianakis’s basketball skills

All right now.

I’m not going to let her near you.” —Obama on Michelle

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?” —Obama on the end of his term (“[Bradley Cooper] kind of carried that movie, didn’t he?” the president added. “Good-looking guy.”)

Obama Face.

Was that depressing to you, seeing one turkey taken out of circulation — a turkey you couldn’t eat?” —Obama on the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon

White House curtain drop.

I think it’s fair to say that I wouldn’t be here with you today if I didn’t have something to plug. Have you heard of the Affordable Care Act?” —Obama on what the hell he was doing on “Between Two Ferns”

And scene.
Obama Between Two Ferns: Sickest Burns and GIFs