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Funny, or Die? The President's Satiric Health-Care Pitch

Funny, or Die? The President's Satiric Health-Care Pitch

By now you've surely viewed or at least heard about the online video that tilted the Internet the other day in which comedian-actor Zach Galifianakis mock-interviewed President Obama and the two lobbed tongue-in-cheek brickbats at each other.

The president's appearance was an unorthodox bid to publicize Healthcare.gov and the Affordable Care Act to young adults. Unorthodox but successful, at least in terms of the immediate statistical response.

This event—this performance—intrigued me, partly because I write about manufacturing workforce issues, including the Affordable Care Act, and partly because I am, sadly, old enough to remember when presidential candidate Richard Nixon snatched a chunk of the youth vote away from Hubert Humphrey by appearing on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In to mock-quizzically utter the catchphrase "Sock it to me?"

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That was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

I'd love to hear what you readers think about President Obama's unconventional Healthcare.gov-promotional gambit. Does it crack you up? Tick you off? Do you find it momentous? Inconsequential? Amusing? Desperate? Shrewd? Undignified? Clever? Disturbing? All of the above? None of the above?

Type your reactions to the questions above in the Comment box below. And please: no holds barred—within reason, of course. Let's see if we can tilt the Internet again.

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