- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 17, 2013

President Obama has made no secret of the fact he’s a big fan of the Netflix series “House of Cards.”

But the commander in chief said Tuesday he wishes real-world Washington worked in the same “ruthlessly efficient” manner it does in the hit show, which stars Kevin Spacey as the cunning congressman and top political power-broker Frank Underwood.

During a meeting with top CEOs, Mr. Obama asked a Netflix executive whether he brought “advance copies” of the show’s second season, due out next year, before comparing actual D.C. with the fictional version depicted on screen.

“I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient,” Mr. Obama said of the political landscape seen in “House of Cards”

Of Kevin Spacey’s character — who manipulates other lawmakers and top officials on a daily basis, allowed a fellow congressman to die from carbon monoxide poisoning and cheats on his wife regularly, among other questionable behavior — Mr. Obama said: “This guy’s getting a lot of stuff done.”

Netflix executives also reportedly asked Mr. Obama to do a cameo appearance in the show. It’s unclear whether he’ll accept the invitation.

• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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