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President Obama tries new approach to reach youth on Health Care: Zach Galifianakis' 'Between Two Ferns' (Video)

By Daniel S Levine,

President Barack Obama took a break from his packed schedule recently to sit down with actor Zach Galifianakis in his latest edition of Between Two Ferns. The Hangover star’s Funny Or Die series features awkward interviews that he usually takes over from his subject. However, this time, the president took command, taking the opportunity to reach out to a younger audience about health care.

During the hilarious six-minute interview, Galifianakis starts off with a couple of odd questions. He thinks that Dennis Rodman may have been a real U.S. ambassador for North Korea, but Obama sets him straight with that. Later, the president takes control of the interview after Galifianakis asks what type of websites he frequents - .coms, .orgs or .govs. Of course, the president says “.govs” and one website he likes is HealthCare.gov.

The president speaks about health care and how important it is for young people. He also assures Galifianakis that the site is working fine now. (But seriously, who would hire the Zune creator to build a website?)


The New York Times notes that the video is the latest attempt by the president to get more information about his health care law to a younger audience. “We have to find ways to break through,” Dan Pfeiffer, senior adviser and chief communications strategist, told the Times. “This is essentially an extension of the code we have been trying to crack for seven years now.”

Of course, Obama is no stranger to rubbing shoulders with Hollywood. Back in 2012, he ‘slow-jammed’ the news with Jimmy Fallon and members of Hollywood’s elite hosted campaign dinners for him during the 2012 re-election campaign.

Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns usually features celebrities, like last year’s videos with Oscar nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Anne Hathaway.

image: By The White House from Washington, DC (P110210PS-0213Uploaded by Ekabhishek) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 
 

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