President Obama was asked Thursday by a couple in Minneapolis to name his favorite television show of all time. The answer? "M*A*S*H." The liberal anti-war comedy about combat doctors was set during the Korean War, but it was a decided statement on the Vietnam War. The show ran from 1972 to 1983, and nearly 106 million viewers watched its last episode — a record that was barely overtaken during the 2010 Super Bowl.
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— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 13, 2014
Obama is a devotee of SportsCenter and has said that "The Wire" is "one of the greatest shows of all time." (Face it, he's right). When the family watches TV together, they like "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation," Obama said. He was also given copies of season four of "Game of Thrones" before it aired. The perks of the presidency.
After a hard day at the White House, what's better than kicking back in front of the television? Here are a few other presidents who talked about what they watched on tv.
George W. Bush
Considering Bush owned the Texas Rangers, it should come as no surprise that he really enjoys watching baseball on television or that his favorite movie is "Field of Dreams." His other favorite thing to watch? "Biography" on A & E. Television hasn't been all fun for the 43rd president; in 2002 he choked on a pretzel while watching a football game on television and briefly lost consciousness. No word what his favorite biography is, so we'll post this clip of the one on Aerosmith.
In 2006 Bill Clinton told Ellen DeGeneres what he was watching at the moment.
Reagan, a former actor, once said that his favorite show was "Family Ties." That makes a lot of sense given that its main character, Alex P. Keaton, was a die-hard Republican and Reagan fan being raised by former hippies in the 1980s. Reagan reportedly volunteered to do a cameo on the show, but the offer was allegedly ignored by the show's producers. Despite that, Alex continued to dole out Reagan-esque advice, including to a group of preschoolers.
Why not add in a vice president, especially since he's actually acted in a prime time show recently? Biden appeared in a video with "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus that aired at the White House Correspondents Dinner in May. Biden is a fan of "Modern Family" and has admitted that he has watched snippets of the reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" while riding on Air Force Two. Of course Biden watches "Parks and Recreation," whose main character has a major crush on the vice president. Leslie Knope, meet Joe Biden.