The comedic bit was part of the president’s ongoing quest to sell insurance to young people who don’t really want it.
O’Reilly played a clip of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirming this assertion.
“I can assure you that the ‘Funny Or Die’ video will be one of the reasons we get young Americans to Healthcare.gov, one of the reasons we get Americans to enroll in health insurance programs but not the only one,” Carney said.
“Using a comedic web site to enroll people is a little bit desperate, don’t you think?” O’Reilly asked.
O’Reilly pointed out that the video was recorded right before Russia invaded Ukraine, saying the timing is “problematic” because Putin is testing Obama.
“It looks like Putin believes the President is a light weight, will a comedy video counter that? he asked.
“All I can tell is you Abe Lincoln would not have done it,” O’Reilly said.
“There comes a point when serious times call for serious action,” he continued. “We’re a divided nation which talking points believes is in decline. Mr. Obama is quick, has a good sense of humor, those are assets. But he needs to be aware, he needs to be aware of how his enemies perceive him, because I believe the testing of America is just getting started.”
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