Barack Obama watches a lot of HBO.

The New York Times was busy expending all of its intellectual capital on a Bengazhi piece (that seems oddly inaccurate, but I’m not the one who needs that story scrubbed clean lest it star in every network television ad for the next three years), so it turned to less pressing matters over the holiday, such as what Barack Obama watches when he watches television.

Clearly, the man has impeccable taste in his small-screen selections, opting for darker, critically-acclaimed  shows on pay-per-view cable.

War, terrorism, economic struggle, mass shootings — such is life in the Oval Office for President Obama.

Yet in his few quiet moments, this president seeks not to escape to the delicious back-stabbing of the “Real Housewives” or the frivolity of the singing teenagers on “Glee.” By his own accounts, Mr. Obama is drawn in his spare time to shows like HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” the kind of heavy, darkly rendered television that echoes the sadness and strife that make up so much of his workday.

These days, when Mr. Obama retreats to the White House residence after a long day on the other end of the colonnade, he is working his way through the DVD box set of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” the award-winning TV drama about a drug-dealing high school teacher. The show just ended after five seasons, but the president is way behind and frequently reminds those around him not to give anything away.

Ever the in-depth reporting champion, the Times devotes a full 700-words to psychoanalyzing his choices, eventually coming to the determination that Barack Obama is a serious man who has a serious job, which they probably consider themselves to do serious reporting on. Clearly, Obama deals with difficult issues of economic inequality and lower-class strife (though he was, admittedly, raised in a middle-class family on Hawaii), and is “keen to transcend” such an America and his television viewing reflects that, or as the New York Times deems it, a “poetic reflection” on Mr. Obama’s real life.

Or something.

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