Obama Gets Emmy Nomination for 'Between Two Ferns' Appearance

Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 03:36 PM

By John Blosser

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President Barack Obama may have to clear out another space on the White House trophy room shelf — his March 11 appearance on "Between Two Ferns" has been nominated for an Emmy award.

If Obama wins, it would be his third entertainment award, after two Grammy awards in the best spoken album category for "The Audacity of Hope" in 2008 and "Dreams From My Father" in 2006. His other awards include the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, of course, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Literature.

Obama's wisecracking, 6½–minute appearance on show, a faux interview website show hosted by comic actor Zach Galifianakis, has been nominated for an Outstanding Short-Form Live-Action Entertainment Program. It has some seriously stiff competition, including Bruno Mars' appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show and a "True Detective" parody from "The Soup."

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The show was mostly wisecracking banter between the two, such as when Galifianakis asked him, "What is it like to be the last black president," and Obama responded, "What is it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president?"

Asked about whether he would seek a third term, Obama joked, "It would be like doing a third 'Hangover' movie (a box office loser that starred Galifianakis). That didn't really work out very well, did it?"

The show has received 22 million views.

At the time, conservative commentators were infuriated by Obama's appearance on the comedy show to plug Obamacare.

On "Fox & Friends," Elisabeth Hasselbeck commented, "Some would argue it's inappropriate for the president of the United States to be advertising a law."

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