“Barack Obama went on ‘Between Two Ferns’ and it was pretty awesome” links

Pres. Obama is Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Barry was promoting the ACA, trying to get people to sign up before the deadline. [Buzzfeed]
Gisele Bundchen’s body is cray, but this leotard is awful. [ICYDK]
Mila Kunis flashed her engagement ring. [Wonderwall]
Lindsay Lohan says she’s sober, because of course. [CDAN]
Britney Spears wants to get married at Graceland? [Starcasm]
Good lord, look at Khloe Kardashian’s butt. [Celebslam]
“Unsavory neck beards”: the photos. [The Frisky]
Krstyn Ritter’s outfit is terrible. [I'm Not Obsessed]
Here’s more about The Bachelor finale. [Bitten & Bound]
This cat story is both hilarious and awful. [Gawker]
Blue Ivy Carter is touring Dublin right now. [Bossip]
Alex Trebek takes revenge on Conan O’Brien. [Seriously OMG WTF]
Who is spiking Walmart steaks with LSD? [OMG Blog]
John Mayer has some thoughts about The Bachelor. [Life & Style]

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  1. *cue the screaming about how Obama should be in the Whitehouse chained to a desk and not ‘fraternizing’ with celebs*

    I can’t wait to watch this-I saw a small snippet this morning on the Today Show and it was effin’ hilarious.

    • Migdalia says:

      The Hangover 3 comment was hee-lar-ree-us! This was great and +10000 on your comment because here comes the fire and pitchforks.

    • blue marie says:

      I agree with you on a lot of things OKitt, but this one.. no. I don’t have a problem with him ‘fraternizing’ with celebs as you put it, but I do think it opens the door for silly, needless gossip. I don’t know if I’ll explain correctly so bare with me, but I think it makes him more man than president. Almost as if “he’s just like us” well, he’s not like us in any shape, form or fashion. He’s president and yes, his time should be better spent on the list of endless sh-t that happens here in the US and abroad on a daily basis. *shrugs* It’s the job he campaigned for, if he wanted to hang out with HW then he should have become an actor. And yes, I feel that about ANY president, not just him.

      • Marigold says:

        If you want to reach a specific audience, you have to invade their space. He wants young people to sign up for health insurance. That was the point of the appearance. Yes, there is a lot of injected humor but his goal was to reach a particular demographic.

      • blue marie says:

        @ Marigold.. I get the point of his appearance and I thought the video was pretty funny but I’m talking as a whole, not this specific instance.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @ BM-I can respect that. As long as you understand that they ALL do this–from Bush being on Letterman, Reagan on The Tonight Show, Nixon on Laugh-In, Kennedy on The Tonight Show, Clinton on Arsenio Hall, and the list goes on and on.

        Instead of wasting our energy getting upset by this, I wish we could collectively (even if begrudgingly) concede that public image and yes, likability is a huge factor in the presidential role, and put our concern towards more important political matters. In a sense, the president is a figurehead, and as the ‘face’ of a country-remaining likable and relatable is an important part of getting reelected and reaching certain demographics. Ultimately, it’s the branches of government that affect the most change in this country and sadly, members of the House, Senate and Congress so often avoid any public accountability, even while they control our fate.

        That being said, you expressed your point well. I’m just saying there is a tradition of US presidents fraternizing with Hollywood. Maybe it shouldn’t be that way–but I doubt it will ever change.

      • Just Passing Through says:

        I agree, O.K . that the others appeared, but not while in office. I believe Obama is the first U.S. President to appear on a late night show during his Presidency……the others have, but during candidacies or before terms, but not while in office. I think that is the difference, here. Again, strictly a matter of opinion, but I believe it diminishes the status of the office.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I understand that stance– I really do.

        Kennedy, Nixon and Bush were all in office when they made the appearances I referenced above-I even remember GW Bush delivering the Top Ten List on Letterman in 2000. But you’re right about Reagan–it was before he officially announced his candidacy. Then again, he was a former actor-so not like he was without his ties to Hollywood.

      • blue marie says:

        I see your point and can agree as long as we’re talking within the US, but how do you think these appearances look to the outside world? Does it translate to likability in another country or to something else? I’m genuinely curious because I’m not sure.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        The thing is–other countries do it too. Tony Blair was widely criticized for his relationship with athletes and celebs (frankly his relationship with GW hurt the poor bastard much more) and Sarkozy got raked over the coals for his friendships with Christian Clavier and Johnny Hallyday (French celebrities) to the point where he was known as the “bling-bling president” during his term.

        I would say that Europe as a whole prefers Obama to…former presidents who shall remain nameless. I could go into a myriad of reasons why but I don’t want my post to turn into a novel ;)

        The truth is that historically, presidents and celebrities have always been close comrades. Why? Well, because they’re just rich people who run in a lot of the same circles, and they can use each other for exposure, not to mention campaign contributions. It’s really not just in the United States that stuff like this happens. Hell, just look at all the Celebitchy posts about world leaders (some of whom are straight-up tyrants) who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to have a celebrity appear at a private event or a political function.
        Again, maybe it’s not right–but it just exemplifies the crossover between pop culture and politics. There’s a powerful overlap there that we would be remiss not to acknowledge and it crosses national lines.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        When I read people make the point about “time better spent” by a President, I just have to to disagree. Especially with technology now, the President never gets a day off, their job follows them where ever they go. I think in order to do that job well, a person NEEDS to have moments of levity. They NEED to have moments that aren’t all stress and deep thinking, that is just how the human brain works. In order to perform at their peak, even Presidents need down time every single day.

      • Lucrezia says:

        @blue marie: As an Aussie, a relaxed, jovial US president comes off well. We’re very laid-back here in Oz. Our PMs do late night talk/comedy shows. One did an “end of the world” skit referencing flesh-eating zombies and K-pop. But I don’t think it’s just Australia … English PM David Cameron went on Letterman’s Late Show, Putin intentionally cultivates a crazy macho superhero public image.

        I actually think the US would be the odd one out if you expect your Head of State to maintain a serious, statesman-like image at all times. The rest of us appreciate a little silliness, so I don’t think you have to worry about this tarnishing international opinion at all.

    • jensies says:

      I was crying laughing. I love both of these things separately, so together was amazing. Obama is so damn quick!

      “What does it feel like to be the last black president?”
      “What does it feel like for this to be the last time you talk to a president?”

      Amazing.

    • Just Passing Through says:

      Sorry, Kitten…..I should probably just let this go, but I had to look this up, because I was pretty sure that Obama has been the only President to appear on a late night talk show during his Presidency. So anyway, Bush was in office from 2001 – 2009 and appeared on Letterman for Top 10 in 2000….during campaigning. Same with Nixon on Rowan and Martin, appeared in 1968, Presidency 1969 – 1974, Kennedy was a Senator while appearing on the tonight show……not arguing that many of them have a tendency during campaigning, just that I don’t agree once in office. That’s all…….and I certainly don’t disagree with the point that you make that they are rich people that run in the same circles, it’s just hard for me to embrace because I hold the Office of the President of the United States to such a high standard. When I see that Vladimir Putin tops Obama as the world’s most powerful person, according to Forbes, as a proud and patriotic American citizen, it’s hard not to become disillusioned. :(

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Putin is more powerful because he is a part of an authoritarian regime. Yes, we could have the most power person in the world in charge of our country if we were willing to give up the power we as citizens hold in our democratic republic.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I think part of the distinction you are making isn’t one that Kitten is making. You keep saying “Late night talk show”, which is a very limited group of television programs. Kitten seems to be referring to pop culture television appearances in general.

        Also, President Bush as on Deal or No Deal in 2008. Eisenhower was on The Ed Sullivan show, and even won an Emmy for his television contributions WHILE he was president (President from 1953-1961, was awarded the Governors Emmy in 1956).

      • CHT says:

        I don’t really think you want to give any President the power Putin has… it’s really not good when one person can tyrannize the public… stop being petty. just stop.

    • Crank says:

      Not really an Obama fan, at all, but this made me laugh, a lot lol.

  2. mikeal says:

    The Hangover comment was great,that all, I’ll leave before the political war breaks out.

  3. katy says:

    The spider bite comment at the very end made me laugh out loud in my cubicle. Awesome!

  4. Ana says:

    OMG I’m sorry but that cat thing was hilarious, I didn’t listen to the whole 911 call, but what I heard was enough to make me laugh out loud. Props to the 911 lady who at times seemed she wanted to laugh as much as I but didn’t. I suggest this is a new movie after Sharknado.

    “We knew they were trying to win our affections, some were suspicious of them, they didn’t just want the catnip, they wanted the world!” – Himalayan (Cat) Invasion, soon coming to a TV near you

    lol

  5. lenje says:

    A friend of mine, a young mother of a baby with Ohtahara syndromme, is one of the people that are very grateful for the Obamacare, and she put it on her FB status. Let me quote it:

    “Sorry about all of the super depressing statuses. On a happier note, a lot of you dislike Obamacare but I’m super thankful of it because without it, we would have to choose between hospital care or hospice care which meant stopping everything. This new law allows terminally-ill pediatric population to go home WITHOUT having to stop anything. I wouldn’t have been able to take Spencer home and keep him longer with oxygen and other things if it wasn’t for this new law. So, thank you, President Obama and all who puts this law in effect.”

    In case anyone is interested, Ohtahara is a neurological disorder characterized by seizures. It is lethal, and very rare. It looks like most children with Ohtahara die in infancy, but it is said that those who survive will be profoundly handicapped.

    • V4Real says:

      Wow just wow. So happy for them and it makes people look at the brighter side of Obamacare. I wish your friend and her little one all the best, may he live a long life while beating the odds.

      • lenje says:

        Thanks, on behalf of my friend, on your kind words and best wish :)

        Another friend of mine, who works in a health-related department in Yale, commented that Obamacare is such a big change that requires time and solid infrastructure to support . The roll out in some states probably are not as smooth as in others and people can be so impatient.

        LOL, I sound like an Obamacare PR, while it doesn’t affect me at all since I’m not a US citizen. But it did help my friend :)

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Your poor friend. That breaks my heart.

  6. Inconceivable! says:

    In all these social media appearances in effort to reach the younger generation, does President Obama actually discuss the ACA and the importance of signing up? Or is he just making appearances? I know he mentioned the ACA in Between Two Ferns, but what about the other appearances?

  7. Dotty says:

    I find the Between Two Ferns thing to fall so short of funny that it’s embarrassing. And I’ve watched a few, because I love Zach G, but these…..uncomfortable. Am I the only one?

  8. Sleepyjane says:

    “Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to make that website?” Ha!!

    I heart Zach so hard.

  9. allheavens says:

    I have no problem with PBO ‘s appearances on popular media. If Obama were chained to his desk in the Oval office 24/7 these idiots would complain about the chain he used and why he couldn’t he take vacations like “regular” Americans.

    Obviously somebody likes him and the job he is doing, since he was elected twice. The last time
    he won both the popular and the electoral vote.

    So Pfft!

  10. alh says:

    Are you people out of your minds? He took a 3 week vacation in December, when he did this appearance he just got back from a golfing vacation and instead of doing the work of the president when he returned he went on this stupid show. He needs to start doing his job instead of doing shows. He has no respect for the office. If he doesn’t want to do the work, resign already. This is an embarrassment to the US.

    • aang says:

      No kidding. A president should be mountain biking and burning brush on his Texas ranch like a real man. Or starting a war with Russia.

    • JessMa says:

      Ok, I am an independent and I almost never vote for either of the two major parties. But didn’t W Bush take the most vacations of any president in history? I heard this on several occasions. Does anyone know for sure?

      • Lucrezia says:

        Bush Junior, took the most holidays of modern presidents, but his total was surpassed by John Adams who took 7 months off in 1799. (To be fair, Adams was caring for his ailing wife.)

        It’s a silly argument though, it’s not a “holiday” like most of us get, it’s just a change of scenery. Bush, Obama, any of them … they all take their work with them.

      • anon1 says:

        Bush vacationed on his ranch- which was set up so they could be working vacations. They didn’t cost the American people nearly what Obama and family have spent of taxpayer money vacationing here and there.

    • Nicolette says:

      @alh,+1,000!
      He has made us a joke, as well as himself. Tyrants around the world will be pushing the limits because no one fears him. He can keep painting his red lines all he wants to, they all know he will do nothing when they are crossed. Talk is cheap. His approval ratings are in the tank along with his presidency. And don’t forget all those vacations are rather costly. There is a level of hypocrisy going on when on one hand the wealthy are being demonized, yet he seems pretty comfortable living a rather lavish lifestyle himself. Many on here support him, and that’s fine, everyone is entitled to their opinion, both for and against. However I feel that those of us who do not see him and his presidency as being so wonderful and amazing are regularly chastised.

  11. Dawne says:

    Guys a joke as a president!!!

  12. TG says:

    This was hilarious! I love Zach G. When I first saw him in a movie several years back I didn’t want to like him because he looks exactly like an ex-boyfriend of mine who was seriously depressed and grew his beard out just like Zach’s and his voice even sounds like Zach’s, but anyway, Zach won me over within minutes of the movie. He is so funny and he plays somewhat depressed weird people really well. I always look forward to seeing him in movies. Now regarding health care, are there really young people out there who don’t want health insurance? I guess I have always worked at law firms where everyone has insurance so I can’t imagine people who willingly go without health insurance. I mean if you have tons of money then you don’t need it I guess.

    • Lucrezia says:

      Latest Gallop poll, (to Jan 2014): Only 43.5% of Americans get health cover from their current or former employer. 16% of Americans don’t have health insurance at all. In the 26-35 year age range, that number increases to 25.7%. http://www.gallup.com/poll/167393/uninsured-rate-drops-far-first-quarter-2014.aspx

      So yeah, there’s plenty of young people out there without insurance.

      But I think you’re completely mistaking who those people are. It’s not people with tons of money, it’s the underemployed. People who can barely make ends meet while working 3 part-time jobs (none of which offer employee cover). They want health insurance, but can’t afford it without living on ramen noodles, so they go without.

  13. Charlotte says:

    The assumption that if a poster has any issue with President Obama, they must love Bush, is ridiculous. I cannot stand Bush. AT all. I have been disappointed with President Obama in some areas. It isn’t a case always of one or the other.

  14. Addison DeWitt says:

    I’m kind of in awe of Khloe’s derrière as I have pretty much nothing going on back there.

  15. Ashley says:

    Kasier you have no taste Krysten Ritter’s outfit is amazing right down to shoes!

  16. KayLastima says:

    So is this where we are all supposed to respect the “majesty” of the office?

    As if! What he won’t stoop to for a save, right???!!!!