Obama's 'Funny or Die' skit almost at Justin Bieber level for views

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This image from video released by Funny Or Die shows President Obama, left, with actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis during an appearance on "Between Two Ferns," the digital short with a laser focus on reaching people aged 18 to 34. The president urged young people to sign up for the new health care plan through an appearance posted Tuesday, March 11, 2014, on the comic website Funny or Die, bypassing TV talk show titans like Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel for an online audience. (AP Photo/Funny Or Die)

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NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama's appearance on the "Between Two Ferns" satirical online talk show this week is at 15 million views — almost at Justin Bieber levels.

The website Funny or Die said Friday that Obama's interview with Zach Galfianakis (ga-lih-fih-NA'-kihs), posted Tuesday, will likely beat Bieber's record of 17.8 million views for the talk show. The comic website's CEO, Dick Glover, called the appearance a key moment for the Internet, much like Franklin Roosevelt's fireside chats for radio and the Kennedy-Nixon debate for television.

Obama told Ryan Seacrest in an interview Friday that he figured he'd reached his target audience of young people with a health care message when his daughter Malia was excited to hear he had taped the appearance with Galfianakis.

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