Obama's 'Between Two Ferns' Appearance Boosts Traffic to HealthCare.Gov

The good news for President Barack Obama is that his comedic appearance alongside Zach Galifianakis for a Funny or Die video interview pitching ObamaCare became a viral sensation.

The potential bad news? That Obama's latest plea on behalf of his health care reform will be greeted by more web site glitches and sticker shock.

Within hours of President Barack Obama's appearance with comedian Zach Galifianakis on the Funny or Die website Tuesday, the video of their mock interview had become the number one driver of traffic to HealthCare.gov, and the potentially risky venture into pop cultural irony is being hailed as a success by White House aides.

Conservatives mocked Obama for reducing the stature of the presidency by starring in the Between Two Ferns sketch. They also decried the Hangover star for sucking up to power rather than poking it in the eye with humor, as the late Harold Ramis did with alacrity.

Still, Obama's desperate pitch to young Americans drew a crowd. Having Hollywood in your hip pocket has its perks.


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