Obama’s Appearance on ‘Between Two Ferns’ — Success or Failure? You Be the Judge (Here’s the Video)

Mar 13, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Reaction to President Barack Obama’s appearance with Zach Galifianakis on Funny or Die’s “Between Two Ferns” breaks down along predictable party lines, with the White House calling it a success and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly taking issue with it, reports TVNewser.

The interview show is hosted by Galifianakis, who pokes fun of “old, bad local TV and cable access talk shows,” as TVNewser describes it.

President Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said it wasn’t hard to get him to do the show. “And yes, so far it has been overwhelmingly successful,” Jarrett said on “CBS This Morning.”

“I was checking how many hits were on the site last night when I went to bed. It was 10 million, which I’m sure breaks all kinds of records," Jarrett added. "But more importantly than that, the traffic on [healthcare.gov] has gone up 40% between yesterday and today, and that was the goal.”

The clip had 14 million views as of Thursday morning.

But Bill O’Reilly criticized Obama’s appearance on the show, calling the spot “a little bit desperate” and noting that Abraham Lincoln wouldn’t have done it, Politico reports.

Here’s the clip:

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