Okay, we get it. Barack Obama is the first ever “pop culture president.” Bill Clinton was cool, with his saxophone and all that, but Obama is in another league. There was that photo of him with kid Spider-Man that went viral, the fact that he kicks it with Jay Z and Beyoncé on a regular basis, and his wife is BFF with one of the biggest stars on television, Kerry Washington. Many of us love this about Obama and love the idea of having a very cool POTUS. But this mid-February tweet he sent out about House of Cards season two is a little weird.
Tomorrow: @HouseOfCards. No spoilers, please.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 13, 2014
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.”
Again, this is a very cool take on the series! But is it, dare we ask, too cool? Is Obama officially too cool to be the president?