Last summer, according to the New York Times, the executive producer of Between Two Ferns, the absurdist faux-cable-access talk show hosted by Zach Galifianakis, “approached the White House with the idea” that President Obama appear on the show to promote the Affordable Care Act.
Rather surprisingly, the president went for it. Even more surprisingly, the result, which was released this morning and which you can watch above, works pretty well not only as a pitch for healthcare.gov, which gets an extensive plug, but also as an episode of Between Two Ferns.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.