Barack Obama asked HBO for True Detective and Game of Thrones advance episodes

Running a country and staying abreast of shows is proving tricky for Obama

President Obama's TV fanboy credentials are only getting better, with the POTUS not only being a big House of Cards fan but now also reportedly requesting screeners for True Detective and Game of Thrones.

According to the New York Times, Obama stopped HBO Chief Executive Richard Pepler at a state dinner for French president Francois Hollande last week in the hope of scoring a few episodes of the hit shows.

True Detective, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, has yet to make it to the UK but has already been making waves in the US, while fantasy epic Game of Thrones is set to return for its fourth season in April.

Obama was reportedly hoping to get some quality TV time in over the Presidents Day Weekend.

He has previously shown an interest in Homeland and earlier this week tweeted 'no spoilers please' with regards to the returning Netflix drama House of Cards.

As for his favourite TV show ever, that accolade went to HBO's gritty crime drama The Wire.

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