If you ever met a President, what's the first thing you'd say to them?
Would it be a question about the process of government?
A word of gratitude for their service?
Maybe a bit of constructive criticism?
Or would you lovingly, jokingly, but nonetheless explicitly, call him an asshole?
Well, if you're Anna Kendrick, it's the latter.
During an appearance Friday on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Kendrick finally explained the origins of this epic Instagram post from 2012 when President Barack Obama was still in office.
But what had the POTUS doubled over in hysterics?
Kendrick told Colbert:
"I called him an asshole and scolded him for not knowing enough about the 50 states."
Kendrick, who hails from the state of Maine, arrived early to a meet-and-greet with Obama back in 2012. She struck up a chat with one of his Secret Service agents, who was also from Maine.
During his talk, Obama singled Kendrick out for praise for her performance in the 2009 film Up in the Air, then brought it up again during their one-on-one, saying, "I hope I didn't embarrass you earlier."
To which Kendrick responded:
"Yeah, you're such an asshole."
Then, when Obama mentioned she hails from Maine, Kendrick joked about being early, claiming that people from Maine are extremely punctual, but Obama did not know about her made up stereotype.
"I was like, 'You didn't know that? You're the president.' So I called him an asshole and scolded him for not knowing enough about the 50 states. And that was what made him double over with laughter, yayyyyyy,"
Some folks on social media were as delighted as Obama was.
Disrespectful 😂😂 https://t.co/NthOrUVh79— HotNewHipHop (@HotNewHipHop) 1537040433.0
I love her she’s seems mad chill and she’s naturally funny! https://t.co/ar8CpgJGN8— CameronTai_Adele (@CameronTai_Adele) 1537106012.0
anna kendrick literally called obama an asshole to his face i cant breathe https://t.co/q416kui2yP— sofia (@sofia) 1537025273.0
THE FACT THAT ANNA KENDRICK CALLED BARACK OBAMA AN ASSHOLE TO HIS FACE IS MY FAVORITE THING— vision (@vision) 1537022993.0
I want to have the confidence that @AnnaKendrick47 had when she legit called @BarackObama an asshole to his face for a laugh— Autumn Melby🍂🍁 (@Autumn Melby🍂🍁) 1537029177.0
I’m pretty sure ONLY Anna Kendrick can get away with calling Barack Obama an asshole— Loz (@Loz) 1537012650.0
But some couldn't help but lament the way times have changed.
@mashable It was a luxury we don’t have anymore— Scarlett Martinez (@Scarlett Martinez) 1537033326.0
2012 was a simpler time, when we could call our President an a**hole in an endearing, funny way https://t.co/GNbIYHUgf5— New York Magazine (@New York Magazine) 1537027808.0
But most people couldn't help but be delighted by Anna's moxie.
Honestly @AnnaKendrick47 jokingly calling Obama an asshole to his face is very on brand.— chanandler bong (@chanandler bong) 1537008610.0
So there you have it! The way to Obama's funny bone is to insult him.
But a word of advice: probably best not to try this on the current President. He's a bit more on the sensitive side.