President Obama / Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP
When it comes to fictional versions of Washington, D.C., President Obama says he watches House of Cards while first lady Michelle Obama keeps up with Scandal.
Fortunately, his White House is much more boring than either of those violent versions, Obama tells talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
"I have to tell you, life in Washington is a little more boring than displayed on the screen," Obama says in the interview airing Thursday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
And that's a good thing, because the high-ranking officials on House of Cards and Scandal specialize in murder, extortion and other forms of mayhem.
Obama, who appeared on Ellen to urge young people to sign up for health care, described life in the real White House.
"If you followed me, most of my day is sitting in a room listening to a bunch of folks in gray suits talking about a whole bunch of stuff that wouldn't make very good television," Obama told DeGeneres
The sharp-witted host replied: "Oh, well that's what I do and we make great television."
Obama cited one of Ellen's signature bits to describe the difference: "There's not much dancing in the Situation Room - as a general rule."
DeGeneres also recommended that Obama watch Scandal, saying "it's really, really good."
"That's what Michelle tells me," Obama said.
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