FAIRFIELD, Conn. – With more than 13 million views, Internet show "Between Two Ferns" with guest President Barack Obama and actor-host Zach Galifianakis has reached many in Fairfield.
Most everyone agreed that the president was a good sport during the six-and-a-half minute interview, putting up with Galifianakis’ quirky humor and back-handed insults. Everyone agreed that Obama kept up with his own, too.
Obama used the venue to talk about his healthcare plan and traded barbs with Galiianakis, whose off-the-cuff satirical talk show is a favorite of young people who are targeted by the Obama administration to sign up for coverage.
It was great to see Obama poke fun at himself, said staunch Democrat Ellie Magnuson, a Westport resident.
“In this day and age, he needs to reach as many people as possible,” Magnuson said.
And with everyone sharing the video, it was easy for the administration to reach back to the young adults that helped to put him in office in the first place.
“I think it showed Obama in a different light,” said Fairfield resident Peggy Dau, adding that she felt Obama took the kidding all in stride.
“I think it humanizes him quite a bit,” said Fairfielder Matt Lindeman, adding that going on "Between Two Ferns" was “a wise energizing of his base of young supporters.”
In addition to the back-and-forth comedic banter, the president took the time to plug his healthcare initiative.
“He needs any and all support he can muster for Obamacare,” said Alex Ernst, a graduate student at Fairfield University. “If it means lowering himself to 'Funny or Die' to enlist young healthy people and keep it out of a death spiral, so be it.”
According to CNN Money, the appearance may have paid off. More than 32,000 people went to the healthcare website after the "Funny or Die" interview was put online.