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Obama: The HBO President who watches Gossip Girl?

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April 8th, 2009

This morning I got the following e-mail from my brother:

Per Yahoo, Obama is a fan of "Entourage" and "The Wire".  And specifically, of Omarbarack_obama

Because I am a big fan of Entourage, and loved The Wire, and the Omar character was definitely one of the most compelling characters I'd ever seen on television, I had to Google it to find out if it was true that I had something in common with the president.  Obviously he is better at picking the NCAA men's basketball championships than I was. He picked North Carolina, and they did win it all.  I picked Pittsburgh, and they didn't.

Anyway, I found the original article written by Politico's Amie Parnes, and indeed Obama is a fan of The Wire:

But some of Obama's choices definitely have an edgier bent - such as the HBO drama "The Wire." His favorite character is Omar, a gay stickup artist who steals from drug pushers to give to the poor. ("That's not an endorsement. He's not my favorite person, but he's a fascinating character," Obama said last year.)

I agree with that completely!

Obama also takes in a lot of sports, and with his kids cable favorites SpongeBob Squarepants and Hannah Montanna.

It was no surprise to me that Obama was a fan of Entourage and the article goes into some depth of why that is.  And because all articles from the media elite ultimately come back to Gossip Girl, this one was no exception:

Gossip Girl Cover of New York Magazine

At a recent town hall in California, Obama joked with one man in the crowd who asked him a question. "Everybody likes you, man," he told the man as the crowd cheered. Then he turned to the crowd and asked, "What is he on, like, 'Gossip Girl' or something? ... I didn't recognize him, but maybe. Is he a movie star?"

After the "Gossip Girl" mention, Internet users posted it on YouTube exclaiming, "President Obama watches 'Gossip Girl'!"

Somewhere Dawn Ostroff is smiling.

 
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