President Obama Dreams of Being on Mount Rushmore: 'That's Pretty Exclusive Real Estate'
By Meredith B. Kile
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President Barack Obama is Jerry Seinfeld’s latest guest on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, opening up about everything from his guilty pleasures to the ultimate presidential commemoration.
Obama, who Seinfeld says has had “just enough funny lines” in his presidency to qualify him for the webseries, joins the comedian in an impressive, vintage 1963 Corvette Stringray. But they’re soon stopped by White House security, who won’t let them out the front gate.
“I do this thing, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Seinfeld explains.
“You’re a comedian with the president going nowhere,” the guard tells him.
The two settle for coffee at the White House, but not before Obama shows off his own impressive vehicle, a “Caddy on a tank frame” called “The Beast.”
“I could call a nuclear submarine from right here, I bet you don’t have that,” Obama boasts as the two admire the interior. “Plus, seat warmers.”
The two then brew their own pot of coffee in a West Wing break room and discuss being some of the most recognizable men in America.
“Anonymity’s not something you think about as being valuable,” the president says when asked about what he misses from his pre-presidential days.
“With all due respect, I remember being not famous,” Seinfeld disagrees. “It wasn’t that great.”
“Teddy Roosevelt would go up to Yellowstone National Park for like, a month,” Obama tells the comedian, when asked about one of his favorite presidents. “Nobody knew where he was, nobody’s could get in touch with him. Can you imagine that?”
It might be Roosevelt himself that inspired the commander-in-chief’s answer when Seinfeld asks what he’d like for a presidential commemoration when he leaves office. “You’re in line to get something great,” the comedian tells him.
“The Rushmore thing would be interesting,” the president responds. “But that’s pretty exclusive real estate.”
The two also commiserate about their mutual friend, Seinfeld producer Larry David, whom Obama has played golf with, and his apparently infamous skin care habits.
“I love Larry,” Obama tells the comedian. “He’s a fair-skinned guy…”
“Oh, the sunscreen,” Seinfeld interrupts. “I can’t take it, I know.”
“Lathers himself in sunscreen,” the president describes. “It’s dripping and it’s caked white all over. It catches parts of his ears, and then there’s big globs of it.”
When they get back to politics, Obama answers Seinfeld’s questions about the political arena, explaining that he thinks politics is “most like football.”
“A lot of players, a lot of specialization, a lot of hitting, a lot of attrition,” he says, expanding on the answer. “You hit the line, you get one yard. You try a play and get sacked. Now it’s like, 3rd and 15. You have to punt a lot. But every once in awhile, you’ll see a hole, and then there’s open field.”
The president also gets candid when the comedian asks him how many world leaders he thinks are “just, completely out of their mind.”
“A pretty sizable percent,” Obama admits. “Part of what happens is, these guys, the longer they stay in office, the more likely that is to happen.”
At the end of their visit, Seinfeld lets the president behind the wheel of the Stingray -- affixed with a bumper sticker that reads “My other car is a 5-ton, bulletproof limousine” -- something Obama calls a “childhood dream.”
The commander-in-chief even tries his hand at getting past the same security guard, who still won’t let them out of the front gate.