KATHLEEN PARKER: President Obama’s unbecoming appearance



I must need to smoke pot.

How else to explain why I wasn’t getting President Barack Obama’s interview on “Between Two Ferns,” the Web show hosted by Zach Galifianakis of The Hangover fame?

President Obama appeared on the FunnyorDie.com program hosted by comedian and actor Zach Galifianakis. NowThisNews has the highlights.

Or perhaps I needed a hangover, which isn’t likely to happen during these Lenten times. Thus left to sobriety and afflicted with acute wakefulness, I kept trying to wrap my head around the mindless – no easy task for the unstoned.

Deadpan is key to the shtick. And monotone. Between two ferns, everyone is Bill Murray.

In case you missed it, which you won’t want to admit because this would mean you don’t follow what’s trending on Twitter, which would mean you are frozen in a time no one cares about anymore and are, therefore, irrelevant. Let me rephrase that: You’re not cool – even if you’re frozen.

The president, aka the leader of the free world, appeared on the show allegedly to pitch health care to the demographic worshiped by producers and presidents alike – Young People.

I might have missed the show were it not for Twitter telling me what people are paying attention to.

Health care is important, of course, but, I repeat, he’s the leader of the free world, parts of which are under siege.

To kick things off, Galifianakis noted that Obama pardoned a turkey in 2013. “What do you have planned for 2014?” he queried.

“We’ll probably pardon another turkey,” Obama said, his face a decent replica of itself on Botox.

I also wondered whether this was an appropriate venue for the president, especially in consideration of current events.

There are two possible answers: One, lighten up. We’re an irreverent nation, proud of our ability to laugh at ourselves and to poke fun, especially during the worst of times. Two, this kind of display is beneath the dignity of the office, and the president should be more circumspect in choosing public appearances, virtual or otherwise.

Both answers have merit. I was settling on the higher truth of the second choice when I finally got it.

Obama’s appearance on an absurd Web program that celebrates the absurd was a masterful, strategic move aimed squarely at Putin.

How better to insult a shirtless, pec-flexing thug than to engage in a theater of the absurd? How better to display maximum disrespect toward a man with a child’s ego and a nuclear arsenal – who has invaded another country where peaceful demonstrators were gunned down – than by acting as though he hasn’t a care in the world?


Here’s a final question for the president: Was it worth it?

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