Scott D. Pierce: Obama’s TV choices are cause for concern
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.
You could argue that the only real difference from "Breaking Bad" to "Homeland," from "Boardwalk Empire" to "House of Cards" to "Game of Thrones" is in the specifics of the barbaric behavior. Congressman Underwood (Kevin Spacey) didn’t have anyone shot or beheaded in "House of Cards," but he would have if he’d been a character in "Boardwalk Empire" or "Game of Thrones."
And Walter White (Bryan Cranston) would have fit right in on "Homeland."
Somehow, I’d feel better if President Obama were watching "The Big Bang Theory," "The Goldbergs" or "Trophy Wife." Light-hearted shows that would let him escape from his troubles.
Or maybe "Scandal," which operates in a completely different universe. Wouldn’t you love to watch the real president watch President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) when a Supreme Court justice has him shot? When Grant smothers that justice in return? When Grant’s vice president stabs her unfaithful, gay husband to death in the Naval Observatory and the White House chief of staff covers it up?
It’s hilarious, escapist TV that has nothing to do with reality.