On Thursday’s “Howard Stern Show,” comedian Sarah Silverman revealed details of a recent meeting with President Barack Obama…. “I actually love our president, and I’m enjoying some nice blind faith, like the others got for eight years. And I believe in him,” Silverman told Stern. (Silverman made a humorous video in the lead-up to the 2008 election called “The Great Schlep” in which she encouraged Jews in Florida to vote for Obama.)
Silverman didn’t disclose when the meeting took place but said that she was able to quickly meet the president in a hotel hallway. Obama aide Reggie Love and speechwriter Jon Favreau were also in attendance. “He shakes my hand, he goes, ‘Oooooo, I’m a big fan! You’re very talented! Although I turn the volume down when my girls come into the room,’” said Silverman, whose particular brand of humor is notable for its edginess and is frequently controversial.
Silverman said that Obama “jokingly” said, “Ooo, you helped me win Florida.”
“I was so nervous and excited,” said Silverman, adding that the president asked what project she was working on next. “I’m going to be naked in a movie!” Silverman nervously shot out. Silverman said Obama turned to her agent and said, “Oh, you’ll have to send me a copy of that,” but added that it wasn’t meant in a creepy way but more as “a gracious way to get out of” the awkwardness that Silverman had created.
The comedian planned to include the encounter in the paperback version of her book, “The Bedwetter,” but when she asked the White House for a copy of a picture taken during the hallway meeting, “They said, ‘For what?’” Silverman recalled. “‘That was a private meeting! You can’t write about that!’ So I had to take it out.”
The meeting remains firmly ingrained in Silverman’s memory, however. “Oh my God, he gave me a big hug,” said Silverman. “His body is like a thoroughbred. It’s just, like, pure muscle.”