Barack Obama, Entourage
President Barack Obama's TV diet includes sports, Hannah Montana and — above all else — Vincent Chase.
HBO's Entourage is Obama's favorite TV show, Politico reports. Lest we forget, that show's Ari Gold was inspired by real-life agent Ari Emanuel, the brother of Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.
So how much does Obama like Entourage? Well, he prioritized it over his campaign duties.
"[W]e would have these Sunday night calls at the same time as Entourage," press secretary Robert Gibbs said. "I remember one time I e-mailed him because the call was scheduled for the last 15 minutes of Entourage and I said, 'Just be late and we can just watch Entourage and still get on and do the call. And it worked. We got to see Entourage."
The commander-in-chief was also a fan of HBO's underappreciated and now-defunct The Wire. Last year, he named Omar, a gay drug dealer, as his favorite character because he's "fascinating."
For more family-friendly fare, Obama takes in Hannah and SpongeBob SquarePants with his daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.
Not surprisingly, the basketball aficionado can't be without his ESPN either. Obama, who correctly predicted that the University of North Carolina's Tar Heels would win the NCAA championship, has watched SportsCenter religiously for years.
That means there's no time for the 11 o'clock news. Obama usually takes a pass at news programs — opting to "read the news" — and never watches his speeches or conferences. "Sometimes we'll show him like a YouTube clip or something off a website itself, and he gets a kick out of that," Gibbs said.