No joke: Obama interviewed by Zach Galifianakis

Matthew Hoye | 3/12/2014, 6:55 a.m.
President Obama took his message of health care for all to a cult internet comedy show, in an effort to ...
Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis and Ed Helms star in the third installment of "The Hangover." Courtesy Warner Bros.

— President Obama took his message of health care for all to a cult internet comedy show, in an effort to get young people to sign up for Obamacare.

He appeared alongside Zach Galifianakis in the comedian and actor's mock talk-show called "Between Two Ferns." The interview with the President was recorded last month and posted Tuesday morning on the popular website "Funny or Die."

The six and a half minute wide ranging interview touched on pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys, to the president's ambassadorial picks, and health care. Galifianakis has become notorious for trying to make his guests on "Between Two Ferns" feel uncomfortable. But Obama appeared to hold his own, giving as good as he got.

On ambassadors:

Galifianakis: So how does this work? Do you send Ambassador Rodman to North Korea on your behalf? I read somewhere that you'd be sending Hulk Hogan to Syria, or is that more of a job for Tonya Harding.

Obama: Zach - he's not our ambassador.

On being President:

Galifianakis: What's 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?

On same-sex marriage:

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.

On Obamacare:

Galifianakis: So do you go to any websites 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 Healthcare.gov?

Galifianakis: Oh 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 I wouldn't be with you here today if I didn't have something to plug.

Have you heard about the Affordable Care Act?

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

Obama: Healthcare.gov works great now. And millions of Americans have already gotten health insurance plans and what we want is for people to know that you can get affordable health care. And most young Americans, right now they're not covered. And the truth is that they can get coverage all for what it costs you to pay your cellphone bill.

On NSA Snooping:

Galifianakis: I don't have a phone, I'm off the grid. I don't want you people reading my texts, you know what I mean?

Obama: First of all Zac, no one is interested in your texts.

Undaunted, Obama brings the conversation back to Obamacare, and adds, "But second of all you can do it in person, and the law means that insurers can't discriminate against you if you have a preexisting condition any more."