March 12, 2014 in Nation/World

Obama, Zach Galifianakis talk

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President Barack Obama, left, with comedian Zach Galifianakis on “Between Two Ferns.”
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News out of President Barack Obama’s interview with comedian Zach Galifianakis: The president will go to pretty much any length these days to plug

In the latest installment of “Between Two Ferns” – Galifianakis’ irreverent interview show – posted Tuesday at, Obama entertains questions about “Ambassador” Dennis Rodman, the trouble with “North Ikea” and “What’s it like to be the last black president.” (Answer: “Seriously, what’s it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president?”)

Halfway through, Galifianakis rolls his eyes and invites Obama to “get this out of the way. What did you come here to plug?”

Obama’s pitch is all straight-man: Consumers – especially the “young invincibles” Obama presumably was hoping to reach with his online appearance – have until the end of March to sign up for coverage this year.

“Have you heard of the Affordable Care Act?” Obama asks Galifianakis.

“Oh yeah, I heard about that. That’s the thing that doesn’t work?”

“ works great now,” Obama says.

Doris Day helping animals for 90th

Screen legend Doris Day is celebrating a landmark birthday with an auction to benefit her favorite cause: animals. A spokesman for Day said Tuesday the nonprofit Doris Day Animal Foundation will mark her 90th birthday in April with a bash in Carmel, Calif.

A sold-out fundraising celebration at Day’s Cypress Inn will include a doggie fashion show, adoption event and an April 4 tribute dinner for fans and friends. Items autographed by Day and celebrity pals including Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett will be auctioned off online and at the dinner.

Keith Richards writing children’s book

Keith Richards is writing a children’s book. He really is.

The Rolling Stone who came to define the adults-only lifestyle of rock has a deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for a picture story called “Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar.”

The publisher announced Tuesday that the book will come out this fall and will include illustrations by Richards’ daughter, Theodora Richards.

The birthday bunch

Actress Barbara Feldon is 81. Singer Al Jarreau is 74. Actress-singer Liza Minnelli is 68. Singer-songwriter James Taylor is 66. Rock singer-musician Bill Payne (Little Feat) is 65. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 54. Actor Aaron Eckhart is 46. Country singer Holly Williams is 33.

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