President Barack Obama headlines the first new episode of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Jerry Seinfeld’s popular webseries that debuted its seventh season on Wednesday, because, according to the legendary comic, he’s “gotten off just enough funny lines to qualify for getting on this show.”
In perhaps his least formal interview to date, the president hangs out with Seinfeld in and around the grounds of the White House, while cruising around in a sleek 1963 Corvette Stingray.
“I always wanted to be in a show about nothing and here I am,” jokes Obama, who regularly has Seinfeld in stitches with his reflections on the trappings of the presidency, his workout routine (he elects to shave before exercising in the morning), and which commander-in-chief he admires the most.
“Teddy Roosevelt is a cool character,” Obama concedes. “He may be the one who would be the most fun to hang out with.”
In the roughly 19-minute segment, the president largely avoids any serious discussion of policy, although he does make an earnest pitch for Obamacare. “Please try Obamacare today,” Seinfeld says to the camera with a facetious smile.
Among the other highlights of the interview include:
His guilty pleasure food of choice: Nachos. Obama claims they often have to be taken away from him because, otherwise, he’d have “guacamole coming out of his eyeballs.”
What sport he believes politics is most like: “It’s probably the most like football — a lot of players, a lot of specialization, a lot of hitting, a lot of attrition, but every once in a while you’ll see an opening.”
He uses profanity in private: “Bad stuff or stupid stuff is happening constantly, every day,” the president tells Seinfeld. “That’s when cursing is really valuable.”
His biggest fans: “I do really well with the 0 to 8 demographic, partly because my ears are big so I look a little bit like a cartoon character.” The president adds that children like to say his full name as was one word, kind of like “Nickelodeon.”
His fashion choices: The president sticks to one brand of underwear in one color. And while he only has blue, grey and one single black suit — he apparently forgot his infamous tan ensemble — he does pick out his outfits himself. “I’m a cool president,” he reminds Seinfeld.
His opinion of world leaders: According to Obama, a “pretty sizable percentage” are out of their minds. He attributes this to some leaders staying in office past their prime. “At a certain point your feet hurt and you’re having trouble peeing,” jokes Obama.
How he’d like be memorialized: “The [Mt.] Rushmore thing would be interesting but that’s really exclusive real estate.”