It’s one of the more adventurous — or foolhardy — media appearances President Obama has agreed to during his time in the White House. On Tuesday, he appeared on comedian Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns, which is perhaps best known for an interview that ended with singer Justin Bieber getting spanked.
The president’s appearance focused on encouraging young people to sign up for health insurance under Obama’s signature healthcare reform law, but the interview predictably veered into the weird and frequently, awkward. Galifianakis demanded to know whether former NBA great Dennis Rodman had been dispatched to North Korea (or, as the comedian later put it, "North Ikea?)" on the president’s behalf. Would Hulk Hogan be sent to mediate the conflict in Syria? Or perhaps that’s a gig for Tonya Harding?
These questions and more were posed to the president during a fantastic interview that’s sure to become a classic, if controversial, moment in presidential image-making. Here’s the full video:
Uri Friedman is deputy managing editor at Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, he reported for the Christian Science Monitor, worked on corporate strategy for Atlantic Media, helped launch the Atlantic Wire, and covered international affairs for the site. A proud native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he studied European history at the University of Pennsylvania and has lived in Barcelona, Spain and Geneva, Switzerland.| Passport |