Obama.Funny.or.Die Obamacare

There is a very fine line between showing the American people that you can relate to them as President of the United States and demonstrating beyond a reasonable doubt that you have absolutely no shame. President Obama’s attempt to sell generational theft to young people by taking part in a Funny or Die skit with Zach Galifianakis, while funny, clearly falls into the latter category.

Political opponents who say that President Obama wasn’t funny are wrong — he was funny. That’s not the problem. The problem is that he is in a position where he must pitch Obamacare on ‘Between two Ferns’ in the first place.

Question: Is it funny to hear Zach Galifianakis ask the president the following questions?

“Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to make your website?”

“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?”

Answer: Yes.

Question: Is Vladimir Putin laughing his ass off as he moves into Ukraine’s Crimea region (and possibly beyond?) with thousands of Russian troops, knowing that he’s just secured for himself a warm water port?

Answer: Yes.

Mediaite is upset because Fox News anchors are panning the president’s decision. It essentially argues that in this case the ends justify the means because millions of people have seen the president’s sales pitch. Again, that’s not the point. One gets the feeling that if the president made a video on healthcare.gov with James Franco hitting him in the face with a pie that Mediaite would play apologist for the administration because “it is apparently driving some real traffic” to the site.

Is this skit funny? Yes. Does it make the president look like a desperate clown? Yes.

One would think that Millennials who pride themselves on being smart enough to appreciate Zach Galifianakis’ humor would also have the intellectual goods to understand that the president thinks they’re all morons. Mr. Obama needs them to sign up in order to pay for one of the most self-centered generations of all time — the Baby Boomers. Since liberal Millennials like irony, how is this for irony: the same kids who voted for Obama because they wanted to stick it to old “racist” white guys now are being encouraged to shell out their hard-earned cash by Obama to pay for the massive health care bills of old white guys. Classic.

Question: If you were a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, would you fear President Obama? I wouldn’t. Laugh while you can, Millennials. The world’s worst actors have also been watching Mr. Obama, and they will respond accordingly.

Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard watch a missile launch, July 2012 (Associated Press)
Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard watch a missile launch, July 2012 (Associated Press)


  1. Great post, Doug. Truth be told, it is a slightly funny segment. But, I want to know, if any previous sitting President has stooped so low as to appear on a comedy segment to pitch one of their programs? That is some shameless pandering.

    1. Good question. I’m sure most president’s in modern history have utilized late night shows, whether it was Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, etc. That seems understandable. However, I get the feeling that if an adviser told the President to do some tasteless skit with Seth Rogen because “it’s Seth Rogen!” he would do it.

      Again, I thought it was a funny skit. I’m not denying that. It was well written. However, it just seems like the president is really scraping the bottom of the barrel in order to sell his signature legislative achievement. If it was as good as it was billed, he a.) wouldn’t have to keep delaying key pieces of it, and b.) wouldn’t have to do ‘Funny or Die’ skits.

    2. I think that Obama has really reached a new low by resorting to filming comedy skits on Funny or Die (a website run by one of his biggest supporters, Will Ferrell, unsurprisingly) just so he can promote his signature legislation, which I knew would be a total failure right from the get-go. Like you said, it just makes him look like a desperate clown and I didn’t really think it was that funny at all. I don’t think any previous President has stooped this low.

      I wonder if the Millennial LIVs are aware that Politifact (run by a liberal newspaper, if memory serves) named “if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it” its Lie of the Year. Probably not. They’ll eat this up and continue to defend Obama no matter what.

  2. I actually don’t have a problem with the skit. I thought it was funny, and I like that the president can laugh at himself….Romney shows a likable human side when he does skits with Jimmy Fallon. I don’t personally agree with the agenda he is promoting, but he is the president, and should be allowed to pitch his ideas. I think he looks clownish in other aspects. As we discussed a few posts ago, there is seemingly no foreign policy, “scandals” like the IRS thing and Benghazi are brewing and the administration seems apathetic at best, and there are problems with healthcare both in implementation and policy that should be addressed before going on shows/sites to promote it.

    I thought the true three ring circus (cue kaliopi music) was writing this legislation behind closed doors followed by those voting on it not even bothering to read what they were enacting….Obama, Reid, Biden, and Pelosi should have climbed out of a smallish ambulance with 37 clowns on the south lawn for the press conference on the passing of the healthcare act then signed it into law with a flower pen that squirts water while the clowns wheel up a giant cannon and launch Jay Carney thru the press briefing room…ah, the circus!

    I’m not against a discussion of healthcare, but I feel some smaller steps federally and allowing the states to implement would have been a better way to go. Going on a show with Zach Galifianakis isn’t a concern to me; its many things leading up to that point which are.

    1. Was thinking more traditional Ringling Bros clowns making a mockery of Obamacare, but this works too. My point is that Obama already presided over a clownish skit getting this enacted in the first place.

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