President Obama Calls Ellen’s Oscars Selfie a ‘Pretty Cheap Stunt’


Ellen DeGeneres took down Twitter on Oscar night when she snapped an epic selfie with stars including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. The photo was retweeted around the world more than 3.4 million times — setting a new record for the social media site.

The predecessor to the Twitter retweet record was President Barack Obama, whose victorious election-night tweet logged 780,320 shares. The 44th president had a score to settle, so he made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show via satellite to weigh in on Ellen’s dethroning snapshot.

“I don’t know if you know this, but I was aiming to break your record of retweets and I apologize for doing it,” provokes Ellen. “But I broke your retweet record.”

“I heard about that,” Obama acknowledges. He then jokingly counters, “I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself. Getting a bunch of celebrities in the background … you feeding them pizza.

Ellen also comments on the tattoo rule Obama set for his daughters Sasha and Malia, restating, “If your daughters got tattoos, that you and Michelle [Obama] would also get the same tattoo, in the same place, and you’d all take a family photo of all the tattoos.”

“That’s exactly right,” he admits. “We will reduce the cool factor of any tattoo!”

Check out the rest of the hilarious interview below: