Obama to Ellen: Oscars Selfie Was a 'Cheap Stunt'

ObamaCare's hawker-in-chief hits talk show

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 20, 2014 9:38 AM CDT
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(Newser) – President Obama is on Ellen today, and in clips the show released, he gives host Ellen DeGeneres grief about her famous Oscars selfie—because before she broke the record for most retweets, Obama was the one who held it. "I don't know if you know this, but I was aiming to break your record of retweets and I apologize for doing it," DeGeneres said. "I heard about that," Obama replied. "I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself. Getting a bunch of celebrities in the background, you feeding them pizza." The satellite appearance—Obama's first time on the show as president, Entertainment Weekly notes—is yet another attempt by Obama to remind people about the March 31 deadline to sign up for ObamaCare. More highlights from E!:

  • He complained that with Michelle in China, he's "stuck with two dogs, and I'm expected to walk them, and do what you do when you walk dogs."
  • Obama expanded on his plan to make sure neither of his daughters ever gets a tattoo: He and Michelle will get the same tattoo, in the same location. "We will reduce the cool factor of any tattoo. Michelle and I will be right there and we'll post it so that everybody will be able to see it and we'll say we all got matching tattoos." He also joked, "Ellen, you should be a part of this. You should pledge to also get a tattoo with us."
  • On politically-themed TV shows, he noted, "I watch House of Cards. I haven't seen Scandal yet, but Michelle has watched Scandal. I have to tell ya, life in Washington is a little more boring than displayed on the screen. The truth of the matter is, if you followed me, most of my day is sitting in a room listening to a bunch of folks in gray suits talking about a whole bunch of stuff that wouldn't make very good television."

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