Cooper came up with the idea while at the White House for a state dinner on February 11. During the dinner, he met with Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett to brainstorm ideas on how to get the word out on Obamacare. Cooper pushed hard for them to consider "Between Two Ferns," even going so far as to call Galifianakis on his cell phone and put him on speaker. The next day, staff pitched the idea to Obama.
Next thing you know, the video had 11 million views and healthcare.gov had a 40%A spike in website traffic.
Currently, there are 7.1 million people who have signed up for Obamacare.
Who would have thought Zack Galifianakis was so influential?
Jay Pharaoh's cold open on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' mocked a number of issues that befell the President of the United States during his recent trip to South Africa.
In character as Barack Obama, JP stepped to the podium and said, "I'd like to address the controversy at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. I experienced a series of unfortunate events. I mean, first, I got roped into taking a selfie with the blonde female Danish Prime Minister."
"Some people said Michelle was angry at me for that... but I talked to her afterwards and I can assure you she was furious."
"Then I got caught shaking hands with Raul Castro. In my defense, he told me he was Mexican actor Edward James Olmos. And finally, there was a sign language interpreter who clearly had no idea what he was doing. But those were merely distractions and tonight I would like to focus on healthcare."
Slipping into the shot is 'SNL' ensemble comic Kenan Thompson, who began "signing." He is eventually removed by the Secret Service as 'SNL' actress Kate McKinnon joins Obama in the character of Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany.
She grunts with a German accent, "I have und favor to ask. Ze Danish Prime Minister has been bragging all over Northern Europe about her selfie with you. And I vas hoping that I could get one as well."
POTUS responds, "I don't think so." Markel quipped, "Oh really? I feel like you kind of owe me after the whole wire tapping my cell phone thing."
He rolls his eyes and consents, "OK, but make it quick."
While attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, a potentially sleep-deprived President Barack Obama took part in what might be construed as a disrespectful act.
He appeared to be having a grand time interacting with the Danish Prime Minister as his wife tried to maintain the proper decorum reserved for such occasions.
We loved this Twitter response that was posted by self-described talker and writer Erick Erickson of RedState.com:
He prefaced the above remark with this tweet, "Did the President really take a selfie at a funeral? It appears the First Lady did not approve."
POTUS posed for the controversial funeral selfie with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Helle Thorning-Schmidt. The Danish Prime Minister captured the moment with her smartphone.
Judging by the look and body language exhibited by First Lady Michelle Obama, she was NOT amused. A series of photos showing Obama and Thorning-Schmidt, 46, laughing conspiratorially were captured by photographers and have since gone viral on social media - see below.
Three former U.S. president's attended the funeral at FNB stadium in Johannesburg with the sitting president and his wife. George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were among the diplomats who made the trip, along with former First Lady Laura Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton.
Bush posted several photos on his Instagram page -- including one with musician-humanitarian Bono:
Check out video that shows the animated conversation between Obama and his Danish seat mate -- followed by the dirty looks that the leader of the free world got from his wife. At some point she and he exchange places when it became apparent that the two needed to be separated:
Photos: Twitter-Agence France-Presse, Twitter-Erick Erickson, Instagram-George W Bush
Barack Obama announced on Twitter and Facebook Monday that a new puppy has joined First Dog Bo as yet another official POTUS pet.
The White House website said: "Sunny was born in Michigan in June 2012 and arrived at the White House today. Just like Bo, she's a Portuguese Water Dog, which works great for the Obamas because of allergies in their family."
"Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo -- full of energy and very affectionate -- and the First Family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality."
"In the past, Bo has been eager to help the First Family with their official duties, from visiting Walter Reed and the Children's National Medical Center, to inspecting the Holiday decorations at the White House, to greeting guests at the White House on tours and during the Easter Egg Roll, but in October, the First Lady told reporters that she hosted a "doggie play date" because "Bo doesn't have enough dog interaction." So now, in addition to helping with those official duties, Bo takes on the important role of big brother!"
Bo joined the family in 2009, and celebrated his fifth birthday in October.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder denounced comments made by rodeo announcers covering a performance at the Missouri State Fair that featured a clown wearing a Barack Obama mask.
Kinder hit Twitter to respond to the outcry of protests:
Spectator Perry Beam said, "They mentioned the president's name, I don't know, 100 times. It was sickening. It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally you'd see on TV. "
"Everybody screamed and just went wild when the announcer talked about having the bull run down the clown with the Obama mask. It was at that point I began to feel a sense of fear. It was that level of enthusiasm."
A spokesman told reporters that Missouri's Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon "agrees that the performance was disrespectful and offensive, and does not reflect the values of Missourians or the State Fair."
Barack Obama is celebrating his 52nd birthday today. The president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961 -- as evidenced by his now infamous birth certificate that became an obsession for Donald Trump during both presidential campaigns.
First Lady Michelle Obama posted a vintage photo on Twitter that she captioned, "Happy birthday Barack! Your hair's a little grayer, but I love you more than ever. -mo
Late last week Mrs. Obama posted a Throwback Thursday "Fab four" image of her family that was taken when Malia and Sasha were perhaps 4 and 1. They are now 15 and 12.
The entire family will be heading to Martha's Vineyard on August 10 to begin an 8 day vacation at a luxury rented estate valued at $7.6 million - estate photos here.
Extended family members expected to join the Obamas include Michelle's mother Marion Robinson and her brother Craig Robinson, the head men's basketball coach at Oregon State University.
Craig Robinson, 51, has two sons with his second wife Kelly -- Austin, 2, and Aaron, 1. His two older children, Avery, 20, and Leslie, 16, were born during his first marriage. That union ended in divorce in 2000.
In case you were wondering -- his sister Michelle, 49, will be celebrating a milestone birthday on January 17, 2014.
Barack Obama and his family will be headed to Martha's Vineyard for an eight day vacation beginning Aug. 10. The president and his entourage plan to return to Washington D.C. on Aug. 18.
The Vineyard, where "the old money of New England spends the summer," is south of Cape Cod - where the Kennedy compound of Hyannis Port is located.
Architect Rick Sundberg confirmed that the first family will be staying at a $7.6 million home that he renovated in 2006, in the wealthy Chilmark area in Dukes County, Massachusetts.
The residence is owned by corporate financier David Schulte, who runs a Chicago-based private equity firm and was a large donor to Obama's campaigns.
The swanky digs sit on nine and a half acres and feature a private master suite with its own den. An open floor plan includes pond and ocean views from the living room, dining room and kitchen. The estate also boasts a small basketball court.
This is the fourth year that the president and his family will spent part of August on the island. They previously rented Blue Heron Farm, a sprawling home on 28.5 acres. That property, worth $21.9 million, was snatched up by a British architect in 2011.
The Chilmark residence has been featured in numerous publications, including the book Martha's Vineyard: Contemporary Living, published in 2010.
Celebrities and politicians mingled last night at the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner held at the Washington Hilton.
The jokes were flying with comedian Conan O'Brien hosting the annual event. He took shots at Vice President Joe Biden and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
He offered, "I'd like to acknowledge that earlier this evening, there was some confusion with the seating chart. For a moment, someone accidentally sat Governor Chris Christie with the Republicans. That was awkward, and I apologize."
O'Brien zinged President Barack Obama with, "I have a question, and I think some of you also have this question. It's been several months since you were reelected, sir, so I'm curious, why are you still sending everyone five emails a day asking for more money?"
He continued, "You won. Do you have a gambling problem we don't know about? Did you put it all on Gonzaga? You did, didn't you? He did!"
Among our featured red carpet celebrities were Korie and Willie Robertson of 'Duck Dynasty' fame. He tweeted, "I'm at White House Correspondents Dinner. Surprised I'm the only person wearin' a bandana."