Obama to O'Reilly: Yes, Lincoln Would Have Done ‘Between Two Ferns’

Obama to O'Reilly: Yes, Lincoln Would Have Done 'Between Two Ferns'

President says Abraham Lincoln loved a good joke

President Obama takes issue with Bill O'Reilly‘s claim that President Lincoln would never have done the “Funny or Die” segment “Between Two Ferns.”

“First of all, if you read back on Lincoln, he loved telling the occasional bawdy joke, and he went out among regular folks,” Obama Thursday said on ESPN Radio's “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”

President Obama Says Zach Galifianakis ‘Was Actually Pretty Nervous’ During ‘Between Two Ferns’ Interview (Video)

“One of the hardest things about being president is being in a bubble that is artificial. Unless you make a conscious effort, you start to sound like some Washington stiff,” Obama added. “So you got to consciously try to get out of that, if you want to remind yourself of the wonderful people you are supposed to be serving with a sense of humor and aren't thinking every day of position papers.”

O'Reilly, the Fox News host and co-author of the book “Killing Lincoln,” was unimpressed by Obama's appearance on Zach Galifianakis‘ surreal talk show, calling it “a little desperate.”

Also read: Stephen Colbert Slams Barack Obama ‘Between Two Ferns’ Appearance

Stephen Colbert also mocked Obama for the appearance — but Colbert is a comedian.

  • Michael Difani

    The late GOP president “Tricky Dick” Nixon was on the old late 60's hit, “Laugh-in”, and said “Sock it to me!” That was just after he won the Nov. '68 run.

    • zardoz

      actually he appeared in September 1968…while running for president…Hubert Humphrey was also invited to appear, but declined

  • Ed Eller

    Another brilliant analysis from the man who says that men (black men of course) should be angry with their mothers. O'Reilly's a cynical hack.

    • Taster'sChoice

      And Owebama is an idiot you should not have voted for twice, another example of which is this moronic video we are discussing. I don't think Lincoln would want to be anywhere NEAR Owebama; the fact that he is black has nothing to do with it.

  • Lbeam

    Obama is such an idiot…I don't even listen to a word he says anymore. Even if you wanted to….you cant trust anything he says

    • J. Railey

      And who the heck is Lbeam? A clown in disguise? Only small minds discuss people and events instead of issues. That's why they never win the debate.

      • JFE2030

        Lbeam is a pink owl. I can't believe you are so racist and specieist to not even listen to what pink owls have to say.

        • Taster'sChoice

          …who didn't respond to the idiot attack on Owebama which is true… You CAN'T trust anything he says because its all LIES. “You can keep your doctor…” “AFFORDABLE healthcare” (which is anything but.)

  • Jeff Zakany

    That's the best you've got, Bill O? “Would Lincoln have appeared on between two fers?” Here's a better question: Would the patron saint of the conservative movement, Ronald Reagan, appeared on a comedy show? Say, a Bob Hope special? Oh, wait….he did!
    Bill O and the rest of the radical right wing media will take any chance they have to attack the president. They are disgusting.

    • Taster'sChoice

      Um try to stay on topic here… We aren't attacking the president. We are attacking his lies and non-performance. Are you saying that he has performed adequately and did not lie? Can you substantiate your position? I can.

  • Kevin Michael

    Obama is the lonely person afraid of Bill O Reilly! And hes suppose to be our fearless leader? What a puss!

  • Fight for Truth

    “he loved telling the occasional bawdy joke, and he went out among regular folks,” Regular folks? Regular folks? Why don't you just tell it like it is Dick Hussein Tator. Why don't you go ahead and call em peasants. You know, the peasants who pay for your lovely family to go to China on a $400 million vacation, or the gang to go on a $500 million African safari with a little side trip to Muslim home where you were born, or your annual “Happy Holidays” (can't say Christmas anymore, it might offend a Muslim) Hawaiian $250 million vacations. You Dictatorial, Tyrannical, hypocrite. Now your using my tax money campaign.

  • MRHapla

    If ol'Barry Hussein had been at Gettysburg, he'd be the guy giveing the two hour blow fest ” “The Battles of Gettysburg”), while the real historical hero gave The Adress. The Hafrican Hustler is every nightmare warning and prediction come true about the last 100 years of PC BS.

  • Joe Urban

    Mr Obama has a sense of humor. Add that to the Tea Party list of fantasy “impeachable offenses”. (Or, as tricky Dick would say: Sock it To Me)