Jerry Seinfeld, meet Barack Obama. The comedian best known for portraying a semi-fictional version of himself in a sitcom while making fairly obvious observations picked up his most presidential of all guests, and the two of them combined for some great, and a few awkward, moments of comedic levity.
Writes The Associated Press on Dec. 30, via Yahoo News: “The episode began airing Wednesday night, and opens with Seinfeld phoning the president. Seinfeld compliments Obama for ‘cutting all that red tape in Washington’ when Obama appears to answer the call directly.”
The 19-minute episode, seen here on the website Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, shows Seinfeld selecting a “killer” 1963 Corvette Stingray that looks like a “submarine.”
The “coolest car ever made” is perfect, Jerry says, for his “are you kidding me, super special guest, the Commander in Chief,” who according to the iconic comedian, is the coolest guy to ever hold the office of President, and who has gotten off “just enough funny liners to qualify” as a guest on his show.
“Why don’t you come on by,” President Obama says after getting the call from Seinfeld. “It’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” he adds, to which Jerry replies drolly, “Yeah. I know.”
After rapping on the bullet-proof window of the Oval Office, Jerry takes a very un-presiential-like slouching position on a couch, and helps himself to an absurdly large bowl of apples. Obama tells the eye-rolling comedian he has “stuff to do.”
The pair go on to discuss Obama’s approval rating (He does well with the zero to 8 demographic because his “ears are big,” Barack says), before getting into the President’s “Beast” Cadillac, since the Secret Service shut down the duo from driving off the White House property in the tiny Corvette. The Caddy, according to Obama, has a few cool features, including the ability to call a nuclear submarine, as well as seat warmers.
Adds NPR: “Much of the talk also centers on what it’s like for a guy to live in the Oval Office, the White House, and a position of extreme power. A recurring theme: how a regular person adjusts to both the privilege and the stress that come with the presidency.”
“Bad stuff, or stupid stuff, is happening constantly, right?” Obama says. “Every day. So you have to be able to just make fun of a lot of that, like: ‘That was even dumber and more annoying than usual.’ That’s when cursing is really useful.”
Jerry: How many world leaders do you think are just completely out of their mind?
Barack: A pretty sizeable percentage… the longer these guys stay in office, the more likely this is to happen. At a certain point your feet hurt, you’re having trouble peeing, you have absolute power…
The pair chat about Teddy Roosevelt, wake-up calls in the White House (shave before working out, Seinfeld observes), wandering around in one’s underwear (as well as Obama’s affinity for one-colored underwear), most embarrassing moments, nachos, Larry David and his need to excessively apply sunscreen, and of course, Barack Obama snuck in a plug for Obamacare.