President Barack Obama can’t stand to be without his “Entourage.”
Call it a guilty pleasure, or maybe it just rings familiar to him. The HBO series about an aspiring actor features a fast-talking agent named Ari, based on the real-life brother of Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.
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“When you hear he likes ‘Entourage,’ you have to go, ‘That figures,’” said Robert Thompson, a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University. “Anything Obama does is cool by definition. He’s the Internet president, he’s the BlackBerry president, and now, I suppose, he could be called the HBO president.” Obama likes “Entourage” so much he even rearranged his campaign schedule not to miss an episode.
“We would talk about ‘Entourage’ all the time,” said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
“A couple of times during the campaign, we would have these Sunday night calls at the same time as ‘Entourage,’” Gibbs recalled. “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,” Gibbs continued, laughing. “We got to see ‘Entourage.’”
Having already heard that his favorite TV show is The Wire, this confirms something we’ve long suspected about the President — he had to have caught some episodes of Entourage in there! And while I’m pretty sure he would never say “If I have a guilty TV viewing pleasure, it’s watching hapless Turtle getting really baked, spending too much time chasing down expensive pairs of sneakers and not getting laid” obviously Obama’s guilty pleasure is watching hapless Turtle getting really baked, spending too much time chasing down expensive pairs of sneakers and not getting laid.
So if you were Obama and you were the President-Elect and you could have Ari Gold’s brother as your chief of staff, wouldn’t you totally work that angle?
QED. Now let’s hug it out, bitch.