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Obama Appears on Comedian Seinfeld's Web Series

  • Amanda Scott

FILE - Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, pictured in November 2014, says President Barack Obama "has gotten off just enough funny lines to qualify" for an appearance on his Web show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

FILE - Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, pictured in November 2014, says President Barack Obama "has gotten off just enough funny lines to qualify" for an appearance on his Web show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

President Barack Obama was interviewed by famed comedian Jerry Seinfeld for the seventh season of his hit Web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

The episode, which was posted late Wednesday night, showed the comedian greeting the commander in chief by peeking through the window of the Oval Office.

The show, which usually features Seinfeld and another comedian driving around, and having a chat in a vintage car while stopping for coffee, took place on the grounds of the White House.

Seinfeld said Obama "has gotten off just enough funny lines to qualify" for an appearance on the show.

In the episode, the two took a drive in a 1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe, which Obama described as "a sweet car."

The president said that when he was a youngster, a family friend had a similar vehicle; driving one, Obama said, was a childhood dream of his.

The two also sat for a few minutes and talked inside the presidential limousine known as "The Beast," which Obama described as a Cadillac built on a tank frame. The president joked that the car is outfitted with the ability to order a nuclear submarine, as well as seat warmers, to which Seinfeld replied that the latter are "pretty standard."

When asked by the comedian what he would like to do that he currently isn't able to, Obama said he would like to take a Saturday morning walk during which he could run into a friend and have a chat. "Anonymity is not something you think about as being valuable," Obama said.

"With all due respect," Seinfeld said, "I remember very well not being famous. It wasn't that great."

At one point while they were walking back to the building, Obama handed a beverage to a staff member, which he jokingly said was "a little gin that he takes midday," before the two broke out in laughter.

Roosevelt was 'cool'

Obama said that as a child, his favorite president was Theodore Roosevelt, whom he described as a "cool character" and someone who would be "most fun to hang out with."

"Teddy Roosevelt would go up to Yellowstone Park for, like, a month," Obama said. "And nobody knew where he was; nobody could get in touch with him. Can you imagine that? Sounds pretty good to me."

"That's a lot of messages when you get back," Seinfeld responded.

The two continued their conversation while walking through the White House and headed to a small cafeteria, where they made a pot of coffee.

"How many world leaders, do you think, are completely out of their mind?" Seinfeld asked the president in between sips.

"A pretty sizable percent," Obama answered. "The longer they stay in office, the more likely that is to happen."

Toward the end of the 19-minute interview, Obama remarked that he did not have the chance to discuss his health care plan, also known as Obamacare.

"Usually the only reason I do these things is because I am promoting health care," he said.

In the closing moments, Obama took a turn driving the Corvette, which featured a bumper sticker that said, "My other car is a 5-ton bulletproof limousine."

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