Obama silences '1600 Penn' star Josh Gad
Posted January 11, 2013
President Obama is so powerful that he even has the power to silence the very talkative Book of Mormon star Josh Gad.
Gad was at the White House this week for a special presidential screening of his new NBC comedy 1600 Penn and found himself unable to speak when Obama introduced himself.
"I was thinking this is going to be amazing, I have so much I want to say. And he walks in and I literally freeze," says Gad. "He shakes my hand and says, 'So great to meet you. How you feeling? How you doing?' All I could say was, 'Um, um, I'm better now.'"
"Oh my God. I don't think I've been at a loss for words. I'm unfortunately very verbose too often," says Gad. "I don't know what his impression was but you are meeting the leader of the free world on his home turf. It's not something you can prepare for."
Gad plays a slacker son of a fictional president (Bill Pullman) in the sitcom written by former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett. The president introduced the sitcom to members of his staff and the show's in the White House theater.
"It was incredible. It's like the President of the United States is giving a 10-minute speech introducing the show," says Gad.
But Obama couldn't stick around and excused himself by saying, "something came up." Lovett looked over at Gad and said that the last time Obama said 'something came up' was when Lovett was helping on his White House Correspondents dinner speech and the President walked away.
"And the next morning they found out he was killing Osama Bin Laden," says Gad. "(Lovett) said, 'I have come to take it on his word when he says he has to go do something, it's really something.' "
Nonetheless, Gad and Obama's crew saw the show, then enjoyed a special champagne reception in the East Wing to end the "really remarkable" day.
"It was incredible, one of the highlights of my life," says Gad.
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