With two kids, a busy travel schedule, and an obligation to run the country, I don’t know how President Obama finds time to watch a lot of television, but the man does occasionally find some quiet time to binge-watch, and when he does, he’s just like us: He likes a lot of sex, great acting, period settings, and political maneuvering.
According to the NYTimes, Obama likes dark, edgy shows:
Mr. Obama is … a devotee of Showtime’s “Homeland,” which offers an eerily familiar mirror to the president’s own foreign policy adventures: terrorism, Iranian nuclear negotiations, drone strikes, and an intelligence agency struggling for legitimacy with Congress and the American people.
And the list of heavies continues. Mr. Obama has told people he is a big fan of “Game of Thrones,” a brutal imagining of the wars in medieval Europe. He has raved about “Boardwalk Empire” and the BBC’s “Downton Abbey,” two period dramas that document the angst and difficulties that people faced during those times. And he has worked his way through the DVDs of AMC’s smoldering “Mad Men” series, telling friends that the character of Peggy Olson has given him insight into what it must have been like for his strong-willed grandmother in a world dominated by men.
So, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men, and Boardwalk Empire? Obama should be reading Warming Glow. Most importantly, he’s also watching Breaking Bad.
These days, when Mr. Obama retreats to the White House residence after a long day on the other end of the colonnade, he is working his way through the DVD box set of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” the award-winning TV drama about a drug-dealing high school teacher. The show just ended after five seasons, but the president is way behind and frequently reminds those around him not to give anything away.
The nice thing about being the most powerful man in the free world is that, if someone spoils Breaking Bad for you, you can have them thrown into Guantanamo Bay, which is exactly where they belong.
Obama’s taste is television is also markedly different from President Clinton, who — according to the NYTimes — has professed a love for both 24 and, obviously, Scandal, which is basically Clinton’s White House fantasies come to life.