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President Obama on Ellen’s selfie: ‘cheap stunt’

President Obama plugged his signature health care law Thursday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," but left sometime time to also dish on his daughters and his favorite D.C.-based TV show. (The Washington Post)

President Obama ribbed Ellen DeGeneres about the celeb-filled selfie the talk-show host shot at the Oscars earlier this month, after DeGeneres boasted about breaking the president’s Twitter record.

“I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself,” Obama joked during an appearance on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” set to broadcast Thursday afternoon. “Getting a bunch of celebrities in the background … you feeding them pizza.”

The president, who appeared via satellite from the “Ellen Blue Room” at the White House, also gabbed about his family, attempting to rope DeGeneres into his plan to prevent his two daughters from getting tattoos by promising that he and the first lady will get matching ink if their daughters ever go under the needle.

“I suspect that will be a pretty good deterrent for Malia and Sasha,” he said. “Ellen, you should be a part of this…. You should pledge to get a tattoo with us.”

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