Scott D. Pierce: Obama’s TV choices are cause for concern

First Published      Last Updated May 21 2014 05:35 pm

As someone who covers television for a living, I am somewhat concerned about what the president of the United States watches.

Drawing from various sources, not directly from Barack Obama, The New York Times reported the following eight shows are his favorites:

• "Boardwalk Empire"

• "Breaking Bad"

• "Downton Abbey"

• "Game of Thrones"

• "Homeland"

• "House of Cards"

• "Modern Family"

• "Parks and Recreation"

They're all good shows. Some are great shows. Half are on my 2013 top-10 list; all of them were among those I considered.

Obama has good taste in television shows.

(By the way, this is a TV column. This is by no stretch of the imagination about politics or policy.)

No matter who occupies the White House, we should not begrudge him/her a bit of downtime in front of the TV. We all need to relax, and watching television is America's favorite way to do that.

Hey, it would be un-American if the president didn't watch TV.

And there's something kind of charming about the idea of Obama sitting down and getting a laugh out of "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation." Or getting caught up in the soap opera that is "Downton Abbey."

But the president has the ultimate high-pressure job. He deals with crisis after crisis; he does battle with political opponents; he makes life-and-death decisions.

The majority of the shows on that list are hardly a respite from his regular life. They're filled with ruthless people doing cruel things.

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