A video of US President Barack Obama sticking his tongue out, admiring his look with sunglasses on and using a selfie stick has gone viral, generating over 15 million views in the first eight hours of its release late on Thursday. The video was created to sell the US President’s ambitious health insurance plan.
The two-minute video by the Los Angeles-based BuzzFeed Motion Pictures Group is made to get young Americans sign up for the healthcare coverage — famously known as Obamacare — whose deadline is February 15, according to Adweek.
The video titled “Things Everybody Does But Doesn't Talk About” begins with Obama standing outside the Oval Office, trying out various looks in a gilded but dirty mirror. In the video, Obama is waiting for an interviewer to arrive. Bored, he begins to do goofy things.
He sticks out his tongue and gurns before wearing a pair of dark sunglasses. Then, Obama tests out a selfie stick and mimes playing basketball. He sketches a picture of his wife Michelle in a notebook with little hearts above her name.
Later, he tries and fails to get an oversize-cookie into a glass of milk. "Thanks, Obama", he murmurs to himself when the cookie will not fit, the report added.
Obama has also experimented with the presidential image in the past.
He was the first sitting US president to appear on a late-night comedy show and the first to participate in online hangouts.
In January this year, Obama was interviewed at the White House by three young YouTube stars after he delivered his State of the Union address.