A scene from the Season 4 'Game of Thrones' trailer (Photo: HBO)
(CBS NEWS) -- The buzz started last week after the state dinner for the president
of France, when President Obama pulled aside the chief executive
officer of HBO and asked for a favor.
Some who were there say that Obama tracked him down and
asked for copies of "True Detective" and "Game of Thrones," which is about to
start its fourth season and apparently Obama wanted a preview.
He may be the leader of the free world, but when it comes
to unwinding, President Obama is a lot like us. The president tunes in to tune
out and, when he needs his television, step aside.
Later in the week the president tweeted about another one of his favorite shows, which
depicts a Washington very different from his own.
At a meeting in December, Obama joked about how the lead character, played by Kevin Spacey, deftly managed Congress.
"I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient," he said. "I
was looking at Kevin Spacey and thinking 'Man, this guy's getting a lot of
The president has
described television as his biggest guilty pleasure. His go-tos include "Breaking
Bad," "The Wire," "Mad Men," and "Homeland."
"Homeland" star Claire
Danes recently spoke with "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell and said she's
"continuously kind of amazed" that her show is one Obama's favorites.
It's a presidential stamp of approval that has Hollywood gitty.
Yet, it's not just television,
the president loves movies too. Tuesday afternoon
the first family will host a screening of the new movie "The Monuments Men"
at the White House.
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