Obama hearted “Cards” just a few weeks ago when he took aside Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings at a White House meeting of technology gurus to discuss problems with HealthCare.gov. Obama said he wished he could be “ruthlessly efficient” like Kevin Spacey’s Machiavellian character, Frank Underwood, who is “getting a lot of stuff done.” His skill set includes killing, sleeping with a reporter who prints his every word, and conspiring with his wife to do in the politicians who deprived him of his appointment to be secretary of state.
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What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House is a new study of popular culture in the White House. The blurb:
From Cicero to Snooki, the cultural influences on our American presidents are powerful and plentiful. Thomas Jefferson famously said “I cannot live without books,” and his library backed up the claim, later becoming the backbone of the new Library of Congress. Jimmy Carter watched hundreds of movies in his White House, while Ronald Reagan starred in a few in his own time. Lincoln was a theater-goer, while Obama kicked back at home to a few episodes of HBO’s “The Wire.”
America is a country built by thinkers on a foundation of ideas. Alongside classic works of philosophy and ethics, however, our presidents have been influenced by the books, movies, TV shows, viral videos, and social media sensations of their day. In What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culturen in the White House presidential scholar and former White House aide Tevi Troy combines research with witty observation to tell the story of how our presidents have been shaped by popular culture.
Chapter 7 on music and the quest for cool looks especially interesting.
- The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty by Peter and Rochelle Schweizer
- Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush by Robert Draper
- First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty by Bill Minutaglio
- What It Takes: The Way to the White House by Richard Ben Cramer
- Henry V by William Shakespeare
Seriously? Henry V?