(CBS NEWS) -- The buzz started last week after the state dinner for the presidentof France, when President Obama pulled aside the chief executiveofficer of HBO and asked for a favor.

Some who were there say that Obama tracked him down andasked for copies of "True Detective" and "Game of Thrones," which is about tostart its fourth season and apparently Obama wanted a preview.

He may be the leader of the free world, but when it comesto unwinding, President Obama is a lot like us. The president tunes in to tuneout and, when he needs his television, step aside.

Later in the week the president tweeted about another one of his favorite shows, whichdepicts 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. "Iwas looking at Kevin Spacey and thinking 'Man, this guy's getting a lot ofstuff done.'"

The president hasdescribed television as his biggest guilty pleasure. His go-tos include "BreakingBad," "The Wire," "Mad Men," and "Homeland."

"Homeland" star ClaireDanes 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 afternoonthe first family will host a screening of the new movie "The Monuments Men"at the White House.

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