As Expected, Obama’s ‘Ferns’ Interview Made CNN’s David Gergen Uncomfortable


The White House had a hunch that a certain, ultra-serious pundit wouldn’t much care for President Obama’s instantly-viral “interview” with Zach Galifianakis. And David Gergen didn’t disappoint.

The CNN talking head made it known via Twitter that he didn’t think Obama’s appearance on “Between Two Ferns” was very presidential.

If Gergen had his druthers, no president would ever appear on such a show. And the septuagenarian is certain there’s a better way for Obama to reach the kids.

It was a pretty predictable reaction from Gergen, who served as an adviser to four presidents and has been rhapsodizing about the majesty of the Oval Office ever since. The White House certainly saw it coming.

Shortly before the “Ferns” interview surfaced online, Obama spokesman Dan Pfeiffer joked that the bit might “give David Gergen a heart attack.”

Equally unsurprising was the reaction from Bill O’Reilly. Like Gergen, the Fox News pundit doesn’t think a truly great president would appear on a website called “Funny or Die.”

“All I can tell you is Abe Lincoln wouldn’t have done it,” O’Reilly said last night. “There comes a point when serious times come for serious action.”


Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at