Not even Zach Galifianakis can keep his cool around POTUS.
President Barack Obama opened up about his hilarious appearance on the actor's Funny or Die mock interview Web series, "Between Two Ferns," when he called into "On Air With Ryan Seacrest" Friday morning.
"Zach actually was pretty nervous,” Obama revealed. "It was funny to watch because this whole 'Between Two Ferns' schtick — which I wasn’t familiar with before my staff told me that we had been pitched to do this — his whole character is to go after the guest and I think he was looking around and seeing all these Secret Service guys with guns and thinking, 'I wonder what happens here if I cross the line?' But we had a great time."
Obama's appearance on the Web show also scored him some cool points with his 15-year-old daughter, Malia.
"I was at the dinner table with the girls and I said, 'Well, today I did something with Zach, it’s called 'Two Ferns' I think?' Malia was so excited!" Michelle Obama's better half revealed.
The president is on a media blitz to encourage young people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act by March 31. (It's not like Obama is always dialing into KIIS FM!)
"[Malia] had seen all the previous episodes, so I figured it was going to reach our target audience, which is a lot of young people and it turns out we’ve had close to 15 million hits," Obama told Seacrest.
Obama's attempt to reach a younger audience seems to be working. The website Funny or Die said Friday that Obama’s interview has received more than 15 million views and will likely beat Bieber's record of 17.8 million views for episode.
White House Senior Communications Advisor Tara McGuinness tweeted on Wednesday that the healthcare enrollment website's traffic was up 40 percent after the "Between Two Ferns" video went up online.
Obama also made headlines this week after he was spotted shopping at a Gap store in NYC. After all, it's not everyday you see the President of the United States browse for khakis, sweatshirts, and V-neck pink sweaters.
"The key thing, the first thing I did, was walk in and said, 'We're just getting a sweater or a blouse or a T-shirt' because when you start getting into pants or shoes, then suddenly you're doomed," he told Ryan Seacrest. "They thought for a dad, I displayed reasonably good taste."
Obama ended up buying $44 lightweight cardigans for his girls. "The bar is fairly low," he joked while discussing his purchases. "But I didn't get too adventurous. It was your basic sweaters and solid colors. [I] didn't get too wild."
The president hit up the Gap to show support for Gap Inc.'s decision to increase wages for their U.S.-based employees.
We wouldn't be surprised if Gap's sales are up, too.
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