In light of President Obama appearing on Between Two Ferns, The Onion has been promoting this video we made a few years ago. At that time the idea that Obama would do a Tim & Eric video was ridiculous but apparently we weren’t too far off (…okay, eating sklerm may still be a stretch).
While I support Obama’s health care plan and love Zach Galifianakis, the notion of a sitting president co-opting a comedy series to push his agenda still makes me a little nauseous. Imagine if instead of Obama pushing HealthCare.gov this were George W. Bush pushing the war in Iraq. I think it’s fine for comedy to endorse political positions, but to me it feels slimy to have the politician himself right there making the endorsement. Without sounding like too much of an insufferable douchebag, hopefully, I’ll say that I like to think of comedy — especially political comedy — as a way of giving a voice to the powerless. To have the most powerful man in the free world use that voice for his own devices makes my skin crawl, even if I agree with what he’s saying.
Also, how awful is it that the video’s reference to the crisis in Syria is still relevant? Sometimes you really hope a joke will soon feel dated.