President Obama and his TV faves: 'Entourage' and Omar on 'The Wire'

While he watches Hannah Montana with his daughters, President Obama also logs TV time with Entourage and The Wire. is reporting that the President enjoys watching Jeremy Piven’s antics as a hard-nosed Hollywood agent on Entourage. (Piven’s character Ari is widely considered to be based on the real-life brother of the President’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.)

Demonstrating excellent taste in drama, the President has also named HBO’s The Wire among his other favorites, singling out Omar, the gay, ruthless, and ultimately-dead Baltimore drug dealer who played by his own rules, as a favorite character. Proving he can sensibly distinguish art from life, the President has noted, “That’s not an endorsement. He’s not my favorite person, but he’s a fascinating character.”

Now if we could just get the President to give his endorsement to another HBO show loved by some of us here at EW: the just-announced-for-a-second-season cult show Eastbound & Down. Maybe someone on his staff could slip him a DVD of this show about a down-on-his-luck baseball player? Sounds like the President enjoys rooting for an underdog…

What do you think about the President’s viewing choices?


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  • Krayzeman

    The president is da boi!

  • Rahul

    Props to the Prez for liking both shows.

  • jcarla

    You forgot to mention his number one fave is SportsCenter, which means he is still a typical man.

  • Peter B

    He’s also mentioned liking the Dick Van Dyke show. But any endoresement for The Wire, especially a Presidential one, is a great thing for this underwatched and now defunct show.

  • Gabriel Ocean

    I gotta say, I agree that Eastbound & Down is a terrific show. But, if you guys at EW love it as much as you say, why did it not get mentioned during it’s runtime. I mean we get 50 updates a day anytime anyone from Grey’s Anatomy so much as farts, why not focus in on other shows which are great, yet overlooked? EB&D, Fringe, Termintator, and Supernatural all come to mind. Although, to be fair, we did have news on Supernatural and Fringe today.

  • Ellen

    Ummm…this is seriously old news. I remember reading about those two shows, along with that exact same quote about Omar, before Obama even won the election…

  • B

    Why is this even news? Obama can do no wrong in the media. Ever since he was elected it’s been a media love fest. The Economy is terrible, he made the chairmen of a free market company step down, and we’re STILL at war. Granted he inherited some of these problems, but it could be argued that Bush inherited the economy from the Clinton administration. If Bush tried to talk about his favorite TV shows or filled out an NCAA bracket, he would be ridiculed. Politics aside, this is just ridiculous. Almost as ridiculous as the big deal the media made over the Lewinski scandal.

  • Bill Boudreax

    “Why is this even news? Obama can do no wrong in the media. Ever since he was elected it’s been a media love fest.”…Watch FoxNews for 30 minutes and you might change your mind.

  • MightyThor

    Good choices. Maybe if he showed “The Wire” some public love last year, they would have finally gotten some freakin’ Emmys!!

  • Tego Livi

    I’m indifferent to the President’s choices (because I haven’t seen them). Besides, why should I care what he watches?

  • Lisa

    So, I should worry if I see Obama walking down the street whistling “The Farmer in the Dell,” right? Maybe I’ll be able to placate him with a box of Honey Nut Cheerios.

  • neil

    @tego livi – yes you’re right, why should you care about something you’ve never watched, in fact why should you care about anything that doesn’t directly involve you?

  • rebecca

    I wonder if ari gold is similar to rahm emanual? –

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