Rightwing reactions to the presidents comedic-diplomacy in reaching out to young folks through an appearance with Zach Galiafinacus have been a mixed bag. Limbaugh tries to slam it, but can't stop laughing at the clips and when Brian Kilmeade tries to slam the prez over it he gets some surprising push back fro Foxer Neal Cavuto- From RCP-
NEIL CAVUTO: I want you to look at something and tell me if this is presidential, because Republicans are telling me it's not.
I disagree. But first, decide for yourself look at this:
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Zach Galifianakis, Funny or Die: "What is it like to be last black president?
President Barack Obama: Seriously?
What's it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president?
Galifianakis: It must kind of stink though, you know, that you can't run three times.
Obama: Actually I think it's a good idea. If I ran a third time it would
be sort of like doing a third ‘Hangover' movie. Didn't really work out
very well did it?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
Funny stuff. But a lot of Republicans say silly stuff. Demeaning stuff.
And not the kind of stuff a president of the United States should be doing.
But that's the big difference between "Meet the Press" and meeting Zach Galifianakis.
After all, Zach's just an actor. And worse, "Funny or Die" is just a show on the web!
But that shows you how much Republicans know.
When it comes to reaching more voters? Nothing!
Say what you will, this irreverent give-and-take shows a president who's willing to roll the dice.
And do whatever it takes to sell his healthcare law.
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Obama: Have you heard of HealthCare.gov?
Galifianakis: Oh yeah, I heard about that, that's the thing that doesn't
work. Why would you get the guy that created the Zune to make your
Obama: HealthCare.gov works great now and millions of Americans have
already gotten health insurance plans and what we want is for people to
know that you can get affordable health care and most young Americans,
right now they're not covered and the truth is they can get coverage all
for what it costs to pay your cell phone bill.
Obama: I understand that, if they get that health insurance they can
really make a big difference, and they've got until March 31st to sign
Galifianakis: I don't have a computer so how does...
Obama: Well, then you can call 1-800-318-2596.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
I don't know how many young people sign up because of that. I suspect not many.
But maybe that's not the point.
Maybe Republicans dismissing these type of venues is very dangerous.
Because Zach might not be Chris Wallace, but he is very funny.
And the president just going with the flow is very funny too.
I know, it's not your father's presidential interview or your Super Bowl Bill O'Reilly interview.
But it's funny. And right now that Zach thing? It's going viral.
Political handlers call it "reaching out to your base."
A lot of Republicans say it's just base.
I say, Republicans, ignore these venues at your own peril.
Laugh all you want about Michelle Obama hawking fitness with Jimmy Fallon.
Or her husband yucking it up with that guy before Fallon.
A lot of people who don't watch news shows, watch these shows.
So why are you dismissing these shows?
Because let me tell you something, Republicans, you could do worse breaking out of your comfort zone.
Come to think of it, looking at your recent presidential election performances, you already are.
It's your hang-up.
But I'm telling you ignore this stuff.
It's gonna be your hangover.