[WATCH] Obama goes on ‘Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis’ to plug Obamacare, youth enrollment

obama between two fernsPerhaps it’s high time that the president faced some tough questioning from an admittedly unserious interviewer.

President Obama appeared on Zach Galifianakis’ surreal, purposely awkward interview program “Between Two Ferns” in a video released Tuesday, deflecting silly questions typical of the sketch’s content, and plugging Obamacare, typical of the White House’s new outreach strategy to young Americans. For a little over three minutes, the comedian and “Hangover” actor didn’t pepper the president with questions so much as he poured salt in old political wounds.

“Where are you planning your presidential library: In Hawaii or your home country of Kenya?” he asked at one point, prompting a protest from the president. He also questioned what it’s like “to be the last black president.”

“Seriously? What’s it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president?” Obama responded.

After the ping pong of insults and discomfort, Galifianakis got around to allowing the president his “plug” of the Affordable Care Act, arguing again that the law and its website are now working like they should, and that Galifianakis should take advantage of them for some presumably fake and gruesome spider bites on his left forearm.

If all of this sounds like an odd scene for the Leader of the Free World (or at least the part that’s behind the Free World), recall that both the president and First Lady Michelle Obama have made late-night appearances and participated in other comedy bits to promote their initiatives, including Obamacare. White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said it’s all part of the outreach effort to young Americans — a social media-conscious group that consumes virality.

“We have to find ways to break through,” he told the New York Times of the White House’s marketing push. “This is essentially an extension of the code we have been trying to crack for seven years now.”

Watch “Between Two Ferns: Choom Gang Edition” below.

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