April 8th, 2009
04:44 PM ET

Obama's TV: sports, surprises

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Amie Parnes

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.

For less R-rated fare, he tunes into “Hannah Montana” or “SpongeBob SquarePants” in the White House with his daughters. Aides said he would have watched Monday night’s NCAA championship on TiVo on his way home from Iraq Tuesday night.

Jon Stewart’s smackdown of CNBC’s Jim Cramer? Obama was eager to see it. But when it comes to the real news, and not the fake kind, Obama takes a pass — rarely ever tuning into 24-hour cable chatter or replays of his own performances.

“We usually tell him how we think he did,” said longtime friend Valerie Jarrett.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. http://twitter.com/scottysstories

    The Prez is an Entourage fan. Good to know. Good man

    April 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  2. Isabel

    The TiVo is so good that with a simple firmware update, I can use in Brazil.

    April 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  3. Isabel

    TiVo is one of the best inventions of today!
    With so many problems and compromises, President Obama will have to use quite a TiVo.

    April 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    Sports – I would have been surprised if Obama didn't watch sports. I think its funny he doesn't watch the news – all the cable news people must be disappointed that they aren't in his usual tv diet.

    April 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |