Jerry Seinfeld started off Season 7 of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with a drive to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and a visit with President Barack Obama. Although the prevailing question may be why Seinfeld chose to spend time with a not so obvious comedian, it didn’t take long for that to be answered when he made it clear that the Commander in Chief “has gotten off just enough funny lines to qualify for getting on this show.” When you think about it, the guy’s not wrong, and the episode seemed a lot more promising in its premise.
Beginning with the reveal of the car that the show will (sort of) revolve around—a silver and blue 1963 Corvette Stingray with a 327 cubic inch, V8, 4 barrel carburetor—it is made pretty clear that the match of vehicle to guest was made with great care as both are decidedly cool, classy and sleek and it is later revealed that the President mostly owns grey and blue suits (that actually hang in his own closet). The bummer was that the logistics of letting the President of the United States take an actual spin around the city was impossible and the car was shoved into the background (with all of the various photographers scrambling to get out of the camera shots) and the show quickly became Comedians in the Basement of the White House Getting Coffee.
It’s very easy to imagine that life in the White House as the President would warrant a lot of people rushing around doing your every bidding, but the vibe in the windowless underground bunker kitchen, or wherever it was (where the house elves live?), was very DIY and Jerry Seinfeld had to take it upon himself to brew the titular drink for himself and his guest. It was a very cool way to make the interview seem more personable and casual. Mr. Coffee machines live on!
Throughout the fun interview it was revealed that Mr. President misses his anonymity, finds that children 0-8 are his biggest fans (probably because he has a fun name and big ears), and was a little bit freaked out sleeping in the White House for the first week. Then things got a little unusual when Seinfeld kept asking questions that centered around the President’s underwear (he sticks to one brand) but the big man took it all in stride and seemed to enjoy bantering with the comedian.
The interview came to close with President Obama getting in a word about his health care initiative and one more trip upstairs to get behind the wheel of the Corvette. As the President drove along the perimeter of the White House lawn a camera shot revealed a bumper sticker proclaiming MY OTHER CAR IS A BULLETPROOF LIMOSINE--which pretty much sums up the cheeky humor that appears to be a true part of his personality. The entire nineteen minute episode was light and airy and showed the President fairly relaxed but it just has to be stated--seat belts, people. Seat belts. Let’s not get too relaxed now.
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