It’s no joke. At least it’s not the funny kind. Barack Obama, recipient of a Nobel Prize he didn’t deserve, has now been nominated for an Emmy award for his satirical interview with comedian Zach Galifianakis on the Web series “Between Two Ferns.” The episode is widely credited with boosting enrollment in Obamacare.
And who was first to tweet out the good news? None other than longtime Obama confidant and White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. And the Twitter message is downright adorable:
The Hill notes that the nomination for the show — in the category Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program — was announced today. The show beat out the Super Bowl halftime show (no big loss there) and Cartoon Network’s “Childrens Hospital” series.
The other two nominees in the category also have ties to the president: “The Soup,” hosted by Joel McHale, who served as this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner emcee, and “Parks and Recreation,” an NBC series that has featured guest appearances by Vice President Biden and first lady Michelle Obama.
In a way, the nomination seems fitting for a man who, if not America’s first TV president, is the nation’s first commander-in-chief to sully the office by appearing on light night TV and (worse yet) Entertainment Tonight.
For those who missed the interview, which aired in March (and, believe me, if you did you didn’t miss much), a video capture of the segment appears below.