President Barack Obama ‘s appearance on Zach Galifianakis ’ Funny or Die Web series “Between Two Ferns” is the viral video of the day, but while your friends on Facebook may be laughing, not everyone is into the joke. Especially those on the White House press beat.
John Quincy Adams used to skinny-dip in the Potomac. Calvin Coolidge liked to have Vaseline rubbed on his head while he ate breakfast in bed, and had a mechanical horse installed in the White House. Warren Harding bet the White House’s china collection in a hand of poker, and lost it. Thomas Jefferson kept two bears in a cage on the White House lawn. Lyndon B. Johnson would have people come into the bathroom with him so he could keep talking to them while he peed. (source) Richard Nixon went on Laugh-In to deliver their famous “sock it to me!” line. (video) George W. Bush told a ton of lies to convince people that war in Iraq was a good idea, and depending on who you believe, anywhere from tens of thousands to a million innocent people died as a result. (source)
But a reporter is worried that Obama doing a funny interview is damaging the dignity of the presidency. Right.