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Obama: Lincoln 'loved' racy jokes

President Obama pushed back on criticism of his recent appearance with comedian Zach Galifianakis to promote the Affordable Care Act, noting that President Lincoln "loved telling the occasional bawdy joke."

The president's remarks, during an interview with ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd that aired Thursday, were an indirect jab at Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who argued during a segment of his show earlier this month that the 16th president would never have agreed to such an appearance.

"First of all, if you read back on Lincoln, he loved telling the occasional bawdy joke and being out among regular folks," Obama said.

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"And one of the hardest things about being president is being in this bubble that is artificial and unless you make a conscious effort, you start sounding like some Washington stiff,” he added. “So you've got to consciously try to get out of that if you want to remind yourself of the wonderful people that you are supposed to be serving who have a sense of humor and aren't thinking every day about position papers."

The president said he was appearing on sports talk radio, in comedy bits and on daytime talk shows because he was "pushing for folks who may not be paying attention to day-to-day politics" to enroll in ObamaCare before the March 31 deadline.

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