Obama becomes one of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

A screenshot of Obama being driven around the White House grounds by Jerry Seinfeld.
A screenshot of Obama being driven around the White House grounds by Jerry Seinfeld.PHOTO: YOUTUBE

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - They didn't leave the White House grounds and coffee was drunk in a staff dining room, but comedian Jerry Seinfeld took US President Barack Obama out for short spin in the latest episode of his popular web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee - and Mr Obama told the comedian that “a pretty sizable percentage” of world leaders may be crazy.

In his latest pop culture venture, Obama filmed a special guest spot for the series streamed on Crackle. Each 20-minute episode features Seinfeld chatting informally with a different comedian.

Obama has "gotten off just enough funny lines to get on this show," Seinfeld said in the episode that hit the web late on Wednesday.


The former star of the hit TV comedy series Seinfeld chose a silver blue 1963 Corvette Stingray for the ride.

But for security reasons, the pair had to be content with a few slow turns around the White House rather than the usual spin along the freeways of Los Angeles or the streets of New York, and the coffee was drunk in a staff dining room.

Amid the small talk, viewers learned that Obama blows off steam by cursing, that his underwear is all one brand and one colour, that he shaves before he works out, and that his guilty food pleasure is nachos.

“How many world leaders, you think, are just completely out of their mind?” Seinfeld asked Mr Obama at one point.

“A pretty sizable percentage,” Mr Obama replied. “Some of these people, you must meet them, you’ll just be chatting and you look in the eyes and go, ‘Oh, this guy’s gone,’” Seinfeld said.

“Part of what happens is, these guys, I think the longer they stay in office, the more likely that is to happen,” Mr Obama said.

Seinfeld and Obama also talked about the drawbacks of fame versus anonymity, and Mr Obama's most embarrassing moment.

"This may be it," quipped the President.


The show follows Mr Obama's appearance earlier in December on the survival adventure series Running Wild With Bear Grylls in Alaska to highlight the dangers of global warming, his 2014 spoof interview for online video series Funny Or Die to promote Obamacare, and numerous appearances on TV chat shows while in office including The Tonight Show, The Daily Show and The View.