Obama Jokes With Ellen About Her ‘Pretty Cheap Stunt’

Mar 20, 2014 4:35pm

Ellen DeGeneres crushed President Obama’s retweet record with her famous star-studded Oscar selfie.

Now, she’s rubbing it in.

During an interview with the president, which aired today, DeGeneres said, “I don’t know if you know this, but I was aiming to break your record of retweets and, I apologize for doing it, but I broke your retweet record.”

“I heard about that,” Obama replied. “I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself. Getting a bunch of celebrities in the background … you feeding them pizza.”

Obama appeared on the show to urge people to sign up for health insurance, part of his final sales pitch ahead of the March 31 deadline to enroll for Obamacare.

“You never know what life is going to throw at you,” he said. “You can now get health insurance for $100 a month or less. … It gives you some financial security.”

DeGeneres kicked off the interview by telling the audience she had to check in on her friend “Michelle’s husband” while she was out of town. The first lady is currently in China.

The comedian then asked the president a series of questions on behalf of his wife, including: “Did you make your bed? (Obama answered “No”) and “Are you eating healthy?” (“Yes,” Obama said, adding he had just had some carrot sticks along with his potato chips).

DeGeneres also asked the president about popular TV shows based on life in Washington.

“The truth of the matter is, if you followed me, most of my day is sitting in a room listening to a bunch of folks in gray suits talking about a whole bunch of stuff that wouldn’t make very good television,” Obama said.

“That’s what I do and we make great television,” DeGeneres joked.

“I have to tell you, though, Ellen, there’s not much dancing in the situation room,” Obama said. “As a general rule.”

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