OMG! Obama Likes House of Cards!

Hey look, it’s time for yet another example of right wing faux-outrage, this time over Obama joking around with Netflix executives about liking the show House of Cards. ZOMG! He wishes he could blackmail and murder people too! So says Joseph Farah with his usual hyperbole:

You can tell a lot about people by what they watch on television.

They say you are what you eat. It’s also true that what you choose to consume with the eye says much about your soul.

That brings me to the subject of Barack Obama’s favorite television show.

It’s a Netflix weekly drama called “House of Cards” featuring Kevin Spacey.

It’s about how corruption is the key to getting things done in Washington.

It’s also explicitly pornographic. You won’t see a single episode that doesn’t include the most ridiculous examples of gratuitous sex, meant only to appeal to the prurient interest of voyeurs.

Gosh Joe, it sounds like you watch the show. “You can tell a lot about people by what they watch on television.”

All that would be disturbing, given the occupant of the White House has become a public promoter of the show. But it’s much worse than that.

Here’s what Obama has said about “House of Cards”: “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient. It’s true. It’s like Kevin Spacey, man this guy’s getting stuff done.”

There’s no question that Spacey’s character, Rep. Frank Underwood, gets things done.

For those of you who have not seen the show, he gets them done through blackmail, extortion, threats, intimidation, lies, provocation and even murder.

So I have to ask myself: What is Barack Obama doing promoting this show? Why is he giving interviews saying he wishes things could be done the way Frank Underwood does them? Is it appropriate, responsible and thoughtful for a president of the United States to champion blackmail, extortion, threats, intimidation, lies, provocation and murder as the best way to do business in Washington?

Yeah, because he was so totally not joking. That’s why he was chuckling and everyone else in the room was laughing out loud, because he was being totally serious.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WAZe60HzfY

But outrage! Be outraged!

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  • Synfandel

    The fact that you think you have a soul says much about your head.

  • lofgren

    It’s also explicitly pornographic. You won’t see a single episode that doesn’t include the most ridiculous examples of gratuitous sex, meant only to appeal to the prurient interest of voyeurs.

    A. That’s bullshit. There are whole episodes without any sexual content at all.

    B. Most of the sexual content is incredibly tame, happens off screen, and is only discussed in oblique terms. There were a couple of scenes that were a little bit more graphic but if I recall there wasn’t even any nudity. I still haven’t seen Kate Mara’s breasts, of that I’m sure.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

    Well considering the left wing has always had a field day taking George W. Bush’s remarks that “Things would be a lot easier if this were a dictatorship. So long as I was the dictator”, I guess turn about’s fair play. That remark was also made with chuckles and drew laughs in context. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvUEsm0wNIA

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Weekly? Farah either doesn’t know how Netflix works or he has a lot more will power than binge watchers like me.

    I would like to introduce him to Orange Is The New Black though…

  • http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/ montanto

    I wonder what they read into Obama being a fan of Omar from the Wire.

  • scienceavenger

    Yeah, and lots of people watch Breaking Bad and Walking Dead, so I guess America is full of wanna-be meth heads and cannibals.

    Moron,

  • Abby Normal

    Joseph Farah Netflix Queue:

    Liar Liar

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Enemy of the State

    Red Dawn

    Red Dawn (remake)

    The Net

    Rambo 1- 5

    Die Hard

    The Seventh Seal

    Sergeant York

    Gattaca

    Adam’s Rib

    Bad News Bears

    Walker Texas Ranger

    Priscilla Queen of the Desert

    But he swears he doesn’t know how that last one got there.

    (I wonder how I did.)

  • a miasma of incandescent plasma

    They say you are what you eat. It’s also true that

    Ooh! Fun game!

    Let’s see…

    It’s also true that:

    1. I’m rubber and you’re glue

    1a. Therefore things bounce off of me and stick to you

    2. Words will never hurt me

    2a. But sticks will break my bones

    3. I don’t know what I am

    3a. But I know you are

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Actually Farah probably watches Hogan’s Heroes, and like Homer Simpson keeps sending Col. Klink letters about what Hogan and his men are up to.

  • Dave Maier

    I wonder what they read into Obama being a fan of Omar from the Wire.>/i>

    OMG he likes Honey Nut Cheerios!

  • Dave Maier

    Oh no, screwed up the formatting. Sorry! [should I do this now: ?]

  • Childermass

    My right-wing Republican activist brother loves the show too. I am pretty damn sure that my brother has no interest in murder and blackmail.

    I rather liked the original British version which I watched on the hypothesis that more of than not the original version is better. I have not yet bothered with the American/Netflix version though I might someday.

  • John Pieret

    Is it appropriate, responsible and thoughtful for a president of the United States to champion blackmail, extortion, threats, intimidation, lies, provocation and murder as the best way to do business in Washington?

    Let’s see … “blackmail, extortion, threats, intimidation, lies, provocation” sounds pretty much what our foreign policy has been right from the beginning but especially since the beginnings of the Cold War. “Murder”? Well, even if you don’t count wars that didn’t directly threaten the US (Korea, Viet Nam, Panama, Grenada, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., etc.) how about drone strikes? And does anyone believe the CIA hasn’t used murder as a tool sometimes?

    Sounds like “House of Cards” is displaying good ‘Merkin values there!

  • caseloweraz

    First was the terrorist fist-jab with Michelle. Next was putting Djion mustard on his hamburger. Now we learn he likes House of Cards! This is really the last straw!!

    /sarc

  • shouldbeworking

    So the president likes American mustard based on a a French recipe and an American TV show based on a British TV series. Can he be impeached twice for unamerican activities?

  • dan4

    @3: Fair enough, but hypocrisy can be a two-way street…and this is one of those times (i.e. I don’t recall Farah having a tantrum about Bush’s comment the way he is here about Obama’s).

  • Alverant

    He has a point. I mean my mom loves murder mysteries and she’s killed about a —

    No! Mom! Don’t! Ahhhhhhh

  • Alverant

    Well Dan, maybe if W didn’t act like a dictator so much and wasn’t serious we wouldn’t have had such a field day.

  • Nemo

    I’ve only seen the British version, but wasn’t it kind of about how vile the Conservative Party was?

  • dingojack

    Nemo – You might say that, I couldn’t possibly comment.

    :) Dingo

  • Ichthyic

    Well considering the left wing has always had a field day taking George W. Bush’s remarks that “Things would be a lot easier if this were a dictatorship. So long as I was the dictator”

    from the height of GoP power during Reagan…. now all the right has left is…

    “I know you are, but what am I”

    pathetic.

    just go out and play in the snow, would ya?

  • vmanis1

    I never saw the U.S. version, but the British version is truly brilliant. The Prime Minister, Francis Urquhart, is a devious manipulator, much given to planting absurd rumors and then, on being asked about them by reporters, answering `You might very well think that, but I could not POSSIBLY comment’. Urquhart is an unparalleled piece of vile nastiness, and watching him operate, as well as listening to his self-aggrandizing asides to the audience, is like watching a traffic accident in slow motion: you can’t look away.

    Urquhart is a Conservative, but the author of the books on which the series is based was Chief of Staff for the Conservative party. Pretty much everyone (Tory, Labour, and Liberal Democratic) in the show is some combination of vile, stupid, and naive, and I recall that Conservatives found the series enthralling, and did not feel particularly targeted (except insofar as any human being must feel shame about being a member of the same species as Urquhart).

    The portrait of Prince Charles is particularly unflattering and entertaining.

    I very highly recommend it.