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Obama Reveals Favorite Game of Thrones Character

Obama Reveals Favorite <em>Game of Thrones</em> Character
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President Barack Obama has weighed in on Game of Thrones.

In an interview with GQ covering a range of topics, the president was asked about HBO’s fantasy hit, a series we’ve previously noted is one of his favorites (remember, Obama was rather concerned about Jon Snow’s fate this summer).

Like many Thrones viewers, however, the commander-in-chief has a tough time keeping the show’s enormous cast of characters straight, and he even apparently reads post-episode coverage to help follow the ultra-complex show.

“I do love Game of Thrones,” Obama said. “My favorite character is probably … the dwarf, what’s his name?”

That would be Tyrion Lannister, sir.

“The problem with Game of Thrones, though,” the president continued, “is that I don’t remember the names of any of the characters … I remember the characters, so when I watch it, I know exactly what’s going on. But if you read a review of the show afterwards and they’re mentioning such and such, the only one I remember is Jon Snow, because I can pronounce Jon Snow.”

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Asked which character is most like Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the president didn’t take the bait, and even got in a little diss: “I don’t think any of them rise to that level.”

We’re not sure whether to be potentially flattered that the president might have read our post-episode coverage (since EW’s GoT recaps are perhaps the most widely read online) or rather worried Obama’s not doing more important things. Either way, even the president’s detractors would have a tough time arguing with his favorite character choice.

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