Friday, March 7, 2014

Is Obama To Cool to be President?

Barack Obama recently sent a tweet saying: 

"Tomorrow:@HouseOfCards. No spoilers, please." 

 Just that the time was spent tweeting that got me thinking. But Veronica Mixon from said it for me: 

"We get it. House of Cards is insane, and addictive, and everyone is loving it. But isn't it a little awkward knowing that the president has time to, well, watch Netflix? With everything going on in the world, isn't it a little strange to know that right now — at this very moment — he could be sitting back and enjoying a good ol' fashioned binge-watch? It'd be like knowing he was in a bathroom somewhere taking hella selfies... like, 20 in a row until he got the perfect shot. Or knowing that he was just on Facebook, clicking on all of his friends' random links and watching the latest viral videos for 45 minutes. Weird. Obviously, the president is a normal guy and he deserves some down time, but there's a part of us that wants to be left in the dark about those times. We get that he probably takes a nap here and there, we just don't want evidence of it on Twitter. And then there's the subject matter of the show — political scandal and ruthlessness abound in the series, so there's that added layer of awkwardness. President Obama even (jokingly... maybe...) expressed his support for protagonist Frank Underwood, the vengeful, opportunistic congressman played by Kevin Spacey: "This guy’s getting a lot of stuff done... I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient."