Continuing to urge Americans to sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage before the March 31 deadline, President Obama today turned to the woman who’d broken his re-tweet record, Ellen DeGeneres. Obama appears on her syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show via live shot from the White House — his first appearance on the show since being elected to the White House. “I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself,” the president says of Ellen’s Oscar selfie, “Getting a bunch of celebrities in the background…you feeding them pizza.”
It’s been about a week since Obama appeared on the Funny or Die web series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis to tout the benefits of Obamacare; some members of the media had a field day with that one, but they’re pretty busy now with the missing Malaysia Airlines plane story so you may not see so much hair-tearing about today’s appearance, in which POTUS discusses his having eaten carrot sticks with potato chips while FLOTUS Michelle Obama is in China with their daughters; his Practically Perfect Tattoo Deterrent for his two teenagers; and how life at the White House is not nearly so sexy as it’s played in House Of Cards and Scandal. (Check out the video below.)
DeGeneres caused a brief service issue with Twitter when her selfie with about a dozen A-listers in the Dolby Theatre during the Oscars and broke the record for most retweets – 3 million-plus. In under an hour, DeGeneres selfie beat the re-tweet record Obama achieved on November 6, 2012, when he posted a photo of himself and Michelle Obama with the text: “Four more years.” “We just broke Twitter,” DeGeneres announced during the Oscarcast after word got out. She got mixed reviews for her hosting gig but it clocked record ratings.
Watch Obama on Ellen’s show here: