Not coincidentally, one of the bigger reasons for her slumping poll numbers is her anemic performance with young voters. When it comes to comedic timing, she is no Barack Obama. But the Funny or Die video plays to her strength and mostly she suffers Galifianakis’ buffoonery in silence, delivering the occasional zinger.
For his Clinton sit-down, Galifianakis had to do more heavy lifting. He tries to sneak up on her, dressed as Death, and gets tackled by two beefy men. “Not a good idea around the Secret Service,” Clinton quips.
She is identified as “Hillary Clinton Had Pneumonia” in case any potential millennial voters did not get the gag.
He asks her if she’s excited at the prospect of potentially becoming “the first girl” POTUS, and she gives a pretty standard answer.
“Not to take away from the historic significance … but for a younger younger generation, you’ll also also become their first white president, and that’s pretty neat too,” he responds – his strongest of the interview.
“As Secretary, how many minutes per word could you type? And how does President Obama like his coffee. Like himself? Weak?” he wonders.
“You know, Zach, those are really out-of-date questions. You need to get out more,” she deadpans.
“What happens if you become pregnant?” he asks the sexagenarian candidate. “Are we going to be stuck with Tim Kaine for nine months? How does this work?”
She offers to send him pamphlets explaining that.
At one point, during a TPP question, he tries to tell her what to say. “Don’t tell me what to say,” she scolds.
“Fine, lose. The country goes to sh*t,” he responds, petulantly.
“I really regret doing this,” she jokes at one point. Not missing a beat, he wonders if she has any regret losing the Scott Baio vote.
Galifianakis says he’d love to meet the person who makes her pantsuits, “because for Halloween I want to go as a librarian from outer space.”
She assumes Donald Trump will wear “that red power tie” to their first debate next week.
“Or maybe that white power tie,” he suggests.
“That might be more appropriate,” Clinton acknowledges, marking the first thing on which they could agree.
Wrapping up the interview, he says it’s been great fun and wonders if email is the best way to reach her, going forward.
Raise you hand if you did not see that one coming.