President Obama's appearance on Zach Galifianakis' satirical talk show Between Two Ferns, though less than a day old, is already a viral sensation. From Politico:
President Barack Obama’s sit-down with Zach Galifianakis led to a spike in traffic to HealthCare.gov on Tuesday, the administration said as it touted the effectiveness of the president’s latest effort to reach out to young adults.http://www.politico.com/...
As of around 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, the website had racked up more than 19,000 referral visits from Obama’s “Between Two Ferns” video for Funny or Die, which was posted around 7 a.m., Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman Aaron Albright said.
While most of those visits likely wouldn’t have happened without the video, they represent just a small percentage of the overall viewership of the video. Around 1 p.m., the video had drawn about 3 million views through Funny or Die’s video player. By 5 p.m., total views had exceeded 6.3 million.
Wingnuts, predictably, are freaking out about the clip's popularity. See some ridiculous Goposaur Tweets about it here, in Jed Lewison's post:
Watch the full episode of Between Two Ferns here:
Update 1: 7:51pm ET
Chris Matthews just said on Hardball that it has now received more than 6.5 million hits.
Update2: 11:48am ET Wed.
From a tweet:
RT @HealthCareTara: Funnyordie video has 11 million views. Healthcare.gov traffic for yesterday was up almost 40% from Monday.