President Obama and HealthCare.gov are in the running for an Emmy this awards season.
Obama’s satirical interview with comedian Zach Galifianakis on the web series “Between Two Ferns” was nominated Thursday for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment category.
The clip has been viewed online over 22 million times and is credited by some with boosting enrollment in the Affordable Care Act through the HealthCare.gov website.
In the Funny or Die bit, Obama and Galifianakis passive-aggressively trade insults, before Obama gets a chance to plug the health care site.
The interview starts with Galifianakis asking Obama if he was planning on pardoning another turkey for Thanksgiving in 2014. Obama says yes and then asks Galifianakis if it was depressing for him to see a turkey "taken out of circulation" that he "couldn't eat."
The comedian, at last, lets Obama speak about the health care law.
“HealthCare.gov works great now, and millions of Americans have already gotten health insurance plans and what we want is people to know you can get affordable healthcare,” Obama says.
White House officials said that the clip increased traffic to the website by almost 40 percent after its troubled debut.
Other Emmy nominees this year have additional ties to the Obama administration: “The Soup’s” host Joel McHale was the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner emcee, and Vice President Biden and first lady Michelle Obama have guest-starred on the NBC series “Parks and Recreation.”