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In Case You Were Wondering What TV Obama Watches . . .

Politico knows! And I approve, so let's discuss. Believe it or not, the president watches more than Hillary Clinton speeches. He loves HBO. His favorites? Entourage and the best drug drama ever to be set in Baltimore, The Wire.

It's hard to imagine our president of PC laughing at Entourage's agent-to-the-stars Ari Gold making racist and homophobic quips to his gay, Asian assistant Lloyd, but we're going to assume he does. After all, the duo's repartee — along with Ari's even-more-undermining apologies — are what elevate the show to a comedy and stop it (short) from drowning as a self-indulgent love letter written by and for the entertainment industry. Mostly, anyway.

Maybe the president loves the idea of a poor, good-looking guy making it big? Whatever it is, it surely couldn't hurt that Ari Gold's character was inspired by real-life agent Ari Emanuel, brother of Rahm Emanuel, Obama's chief of staff.

To see what else he watches,


He loves The Wire, and anyone who's suffered valiantly through the first season (I recommend subtitles) knows a prize of a show awaits. His favorite character? Omar. Gay as the day is long, Omar is a Robin Hood figure who robs drug dealers. The words "Omar's coming" sends people hiding into apartments while he strolls through the projects, two-foot-long shotgun in hand, whistling "The Farmer in the Dell." President Obama made it clear that he doesn't approve of the character but finds him fascinating. Whatever, he has to say that; Omar is why you watch The Wire.

And then there's some mention about sports, sports, and more sports. Blah, blah, and more blah. He rarely watches the news and never watches his speeches, preferring to let friends and advisers tell him how he did.

Plus, Obama's so modern and savvy and what a Princeton history professor calls "cool" that he loves the Internet! Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, "Sometimes we’ll show him like a YouTube clip or something off a website itself, and he gets a kick out of that.” Us too, Robert, us too.


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HaterTot HaterTot 8 years
Yet again it seems that Citizen is really Elle Woods. When you write things like, "..anyone who's suffered valiantly through the first season (I recommend subtitles) knows a prize of a show awaits," regarding The Wire, you turn off potential viewers who might be interested in a truly relevant, smart show. While it's not shocking that someone with a Sex & the City avatar wouldn't be able to get through it, I'd expect someone writing about politics and policy (even in the cursory, fluffy way presented here) to consider any season of The Wire "suffering."
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I cant afford cable at this time, due to my hubbys unemployment must be nice to be the pres.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I like that he likes the wire but strangely enough I don't care about any of this.
brookrene brookrene 8 years
"Maybe the president loves the idea of a poor, good-looking guy making it big?" I completely disagree with this above statement. If he loved that idea, his policies wouldn't hurt those who have made something of themselves.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
LOL he has gained another level of respect from me for "The Wire" one of the best shows that has ever graced the television!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Thanks she loves to pose! :)
JessieSP JessieSP 8 years
I don't have a problem with what Barack watches. I mean he is only human just like the rest of us, and he deserves to watch whatever he wants too at night, when he has free time alone with his family. And if he wants to free his mind during the day to catch a little TV then so what, back off already people. We all take time out for a little TV, no matter how important we are, we all need to free our mind from hard work for a short moment.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Thanks Momma! And your kiddo is adorable!
em1282 em1282 8 years
Momma that is an adorable pic as well. I love the pose!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
So I gather from the picture that Barak spends his time watching Hillary. Man, someone needs to get him off his fetish... ;)
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Blue, what do I have to do to get free money too?
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Aww GS another super cute picture!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Thank you! :)
em1282 em1282 8 years
Haha and adorable big sister too!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Thank you!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Castle better not get canceled! :rant:
em1282 em1282 8 years
Maybe not, GS. I just get paranoid with ABC shows--one minute they're there, the next minute, poof! Gone! Adorable baby, by the way! Congrats!
em1282 em1282 8 years
:rotfl: you guys
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Did Castle get cancelled?!? Dude and I love that show.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Sarah, don't get me started on the cancellation of Pushing Daisies. Or Dirty Sexy Money. And did Castle get cancelled? I loves me some Nathan Filion. Anyway...I'd like to hear more about the sports. I guess all that matters to me is that he's a White Sox fan, though. :woohoo:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, whatever! X files didn't have the amazing Dr. Walter Bishop character!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I liked Fringe better when it was called The X Files. :p
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Sorry, Fringe is the best! :raspberry:
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Awwww... shucks! :oops: I forgot that I was praying in a public forum!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
:rotfl: you guys are too funny!
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