Obama's 'Ferns' appearance: ingenious or inappropriate?

Was President Barack Obama's appearance on the low-budget talk-show spoof Between Two Ferns, hosted by Zach Galifianakis, a clever move to appeal to Millennials on their own terms or a ham-fisted blow to the prestige of the presidency?

Was President Barack Obama's appearance on the low-budget talk-show spoof Between Two Ferns, hosted by Zach Galifianakis, a clever move to appeal to Millennials on their own terms or a ham-fisted blow to the prestige of the presidency?

Reports indicate the Funny or Die clip sent at least 32,000 visits to the Healthcare.gov website since its debut Tuesday morning.

Predictably, it drove a wedge between those who found it to be a humorous, bold move by the leader of the free world against others, including Fox News talk-show host Bill O’Reilly, who recoiled at the idea of a sitting president taking this approach.

There may not have been an Internet when Abraham Lincoln, or even Ronald Reagan, was in office, but that didn’t stop him from drawing the comparison.

The debate didn’t end there. Here is a sampling of reaction on Twitter, where it ranged from the ancillary to the horrified.

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