Jerry Seinfeld has a web series called, “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.” In it… well, it’s just like it sounds: Jerry and a guest drive a car to go get coffee. During the drive and over coffee, Seinfeld does a casual interview. Guests have included Stephen Colbert, Jim Carrey, Bill Maher, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Fallon. For the first episode of his seventh season, Seinfeld scored the biggest interview yet: President Barack Obama. Granted, he’s not a comedian but Seinfeld says that the POTUS has gotten off “just enough funny lines” to get him on the show. The result is a funny and engaging visit with our President and he’s just as cool as ever.
Seinfeld arrived at the White House in one of the greatest cars made by American hands; a 1963 Corvette Stingray. The one with the split rear window. Oh, yeah. The coolest ‘Vette ever. After going inside the Oval Office to gather his guest, Seinfeld gleefully showed the car to Obama — the coolest car for the coolest guy ever to hold the office. The President allowed that Seinfeld is “making points” with him and proceeds to tell about a friend of his Grandfather’s who had a 1963 Corvette and that, as a child, Obama thought that if he could ever get one, he’d be set.
Seinfeld driving, the two headed for the gate only to be told that there was no way he was driving out the gate with the President. He was a comedian with the President going nowhere. “Back it up,” he’s told. He does and the two head back to the West Wing.
“Do you ever think about every person you talk to is putting on an act, a total show?” Seinfeld asks. “It’s a problem,” Obama deadpans. Seinfeld steers the discussion towards children loving the president. Obama allows that he does well with the 0-8 demographic, partly because “my ears are big and I look a little like a cartoon character.” And they love saying his name as one word: Barackobama.
It’s Obama’s turn to show off his car and he and Seinfeld climb into The Beast for a short run-down on the vehicle. Seinfeld asks the President what he’d like to do that he’s not allowed to do and is answered with a short example of how Obama would like to just walk around on a Saturday morning. The point is that “anonymity is not something that you think of as being valuable.” Until you don’t have it anymore.
Heading inside for coffee, Seinfeld asks about Obama’s favorite president, who happens to be Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt would go to Yellowstone for a month, Obama says, and nobody could get in touch with him. “Can you imagine?”
Asked about his morning routine, Obama says that he gets a wake-up call, shaves then heads down for his workout. Shave first? Yes, he shaves first then works out. Because that’s the way he does it and he doesn’t really need a reason.
The pair is heading down to the White House break room, which is where they have their coffee and finish the interview. “Can you really get a good night’s sleep here?” Seinfeld wonders. “Isn’t it like ‘Night at the Museum?'” The first night was, Obama allows, especially after the disorienting hoopla of Inauguration Day, but he got used to it. Does the history of the White House ever enter his mind? “Sometimes it does.” Sometimes he thinks about JFK hanging out here or Nixon conspiring there, but usually not.
As the interview progresses we learn that the President wears only one brand and one color of underwear (Jerry, really??) and that he chooses his own suits (blue or gray, mostly, with one black one). That he has never had a publicly embarrassing moment (“This may be it”). He loves nachos, which have to be taken away from him before he eats too much (“guacamole coming outta my eyeballs”). He plays golf with Larry David, who slathers sunscreen all over, something Seinfeld knows all too well. That politics is like football and that, sometimes, you see an opening but, mostly, it’s blocking and punting.
“How many world leaders are just completely out of their minds,” Seinfeld ventures. The surprising answer is, “A pretty sizeable percent.” The longer they stay in office, the more likely they are to “lose it,” they both agree. Power is toxic, Seinfeld observes. “Has that happened to you yet?” Obama jokes before switching the roles and asking Seinfeld some questions.
The President admits that he curses. With “bad stuff and stupid stuff” happening every day, one has to be able to blow off steam and make fun of the stupid stuff. With the kind of nonsense he has aimed at him every day, it makes you want to be a fly on the wall, doesn’t it? Just me then?
With the funniest obligatory mention of Obamacare ever, the two head back out to the Corvette. Seinfeld offers to let the President drive it and Obama accepts with pleasure. “This is a childhood dream,” he says, climbing behind the wheel. They try again to leave the grounds but not even being the President can make that happen. “I knew that wouldn’t work,” Obama says. “You didn’t sell it, ” Seinfeld replies.
Obama’s detractors always jump him after something like this. They whine about the “dignity of the office” (after Bush? Please) and that the President shouldn’t be debasing himself — as opposed to them debasing him. It boils down to jealousy, I think. They just aren’t as cool as the POTUS and never will be. So they attack him. But our President just lets it roll off his back and stays cool. And funny.
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