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Obama took a ride with Jerry Seinfeld to talk about nothing

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
Hi, i’m here for our coffee date!
  • Aamna Mohdin
By Aamna Mohdin


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Jerry Seinfeld rolls up in a 1963 Corvette Stingray Split-Window Coupe to pick up an unlikely companion: president Barack Obama. In the season premiere of Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Obama quips, “I always wanted to be on a show about nothing.”

“Are you always this nervous?” Obama asked Seinfeld as the pair drive in Seinfeld’s car for several minutes, before switching over to Obama’s presidential car. The two eventually get out of the car to have a coffee at the White House.

The 19-minute episode, titled “Just Tell Him You’re the President,” features a candid conversation between Obama and Seinfeld, as the president reveals his morning routine (he shaves before he works) and his somewhat unhealthy obsession for nachos.

When asked how he blows off steam, Obama admits:

I curse. I curse…. Bad stuff, or stupid stuff, is happening constantly, right? Every day. So you have to be able to just make fun of a lot of that. Like ‘that was even dumber and more annoying than usual.’ That’s when cursing is really valuable.

For a lame duck, Obama is clearly enjoying the end of his time in office; the president now feels more like the man America elected in 2008 than ever. He’s made appearances in a number of entertainment shows, including Running Wild with Bear Grylls and even hosted a series of live-interviews with Youtube stars. In 2014, he appeared on Zach Galifianakis’s Between Two Ferns:

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