President Obama and Zach Galifianakis recently spent a few minutes together on Galifiankis’ hilarious parody of a talk show, “Between Two Ferns.” The two sat down to chat about the Affordable Care Act, what it’s like for President Obama to be the last black president, spider bites, the Olympics, and basketball. We learned that Zach (no, he’s not my friend; I just don’t want to type his last name because it’s hard) weighed an astonishing 7 pounds, 800 ounces at birth, and unless many of us misinterpreted the joke, his penis is 3 inches wide. Oh, and we learned that conservatives have no sense of humor. At all.
Pundits on the right were in an absolutely frothy layer over the president’s appearance on a comedy show because no other president has ever appeared on a comedy show (cough, Nixon, Republican, cough). And no other president has ever promoted legislation using the media (choke, George W. Bush, Republican, Medicare Modernization Act, gasp). Bill O’Reilly pointed out that Abraham Lincoln never would have done “this,” and he’s right, because the internet didn’t exist, neither did “Funny or Die,” Zach Galifiankais wasn’t born, and did I mention the internet didn’t exist? Score one for O’Reilly.
Over on Fox and
Fiends Friends, Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Brian Kilmeade were poutraged about President Obama’s interview. Hasselbeck, using the time honored “some would say” phrase that allows Fox to lie with abandon, stated:
Some would argue that it’s inappropriate for the president of the United States to be advertising a law, an insurance plan.
Note to Hasselbeck-see above choking, gasping George W. Bush fact. Brian Kilmeade, not the brightest bulb on the Yuletide tree, weighed in with:
I think it’s pretty tragic. Whoever recommended he do that show should be fired.
Oddly, this is the same thing many sane Americans thought when President Obama sat down with Bill O’Reilly before the Super Bowl.
It gets better! Laura “Giant Cross Around My Neck” Ingraham took her angst to Twitter:
Yeah, presiding over America’s decline is a knee-slapper.”Obama’s New Approach Takes a Humorous Turn”
Fox’s Katie Pavlic chooses death on Twitter:
I choose die “@The Right Scoop: Desperate much? Obama does ‘Funny or Die’ skit to sell Obamacare to young people…”
Ben Shapiro channeled Bill O’Reilly by also taking to Twitter (what is it with Twitter and rage, anyway?) with his usual poor attempt at sarcasm:
Note: FDR regularly appeared on “Between Two Ferns” to push the war bonds effort.
Seriously, how old do conservatives think the internet is? I mean, since they think Al Gore invented it, and Gore’s only 65, is this more time traveling?
The Washington Free Beacon called the interview “gross.”
The Obama interview, however, was just dreadful. After a few semi-unbearable moments during which the president shows he doesn’t at all understand the point of the show–the guest is not supposed to get in good zingers; he’s supposed to be taken down a peg–there’s an utterly unbearable moment during which he hawks the failed social experiment that is HealthCare.gov. It’s just gross.
Nothing screams “brave, edgy comedy!” like “I’m here to let The Man sell you on health insurance!”
Yes, this is what conservatives do all day. They troll the 400-year old internet, looking for pretend reasons to hate the president. While you and I are working, raising kids, paying bills, doing whatever we do, conservatives get mad at President Obama for going on a comedy show, and talking to young people about health insurance. Because as we all know, the second young people sign up for low-cost health insurance, the entire country will be swallowed up by a giant sinkhole of socialism.
Cheers to President Obama for his wonderful appearance, cheers to Zach Galifiankis for keeping that disgusting spider bite for the past 4 months (go the doctor, holy crap, dude), and boos, hisses, raspberries, and general disdain for conservatives who haven’t a clue. If you haven’t seen the skit, here you go. Watch it once for the humor, and then a few more times, because every time you do, a conservative breaks out in hives. And that’s a win-win.