By Justin Sink - 03/20/14 12:58 PM EDT
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.
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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