President Obama: Life in the White House Is “A Little More Boring” Than Scandal and House of Cards

President Barack Obama makes an appearance on The Ellen Show
President Obama tells Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday, March 20 that life in Washington, D.C. is "a little more boring" than what's seen on House of Cards and Scandal. Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Frank Underwood would be bored. President Barack Obama appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show via live shot from the White House on Thursday, March 20 to continue plugging his Affordable Care Act — and, naturally, the conversation turned to House of Cards and Scandal.

"You know, I watch House of Cards," Obama told DeGeneres. "I haven't seen Scandal yet, but Michelle has watched Scandal."

"I have to tell ya," POTUS continued, "life in Washington is a little more boring than displayed on the screen."

"I hope so," responded DeGeneres.

(House of Cards is centered on a ruthless politician named Francis "Frank" Underwood — played by Kevin Spacey — who will lie, manipulate, and murder his way to securing power. The FLOTUS-approved Scandal is a political thriller about crisis manager Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, who protects the image of D.C.'s key political players in times of, well, scandal.)

"You know, the truth of the matter is… 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," the president confessed. "There's not much dancing in the Situation Room," he continued, pointing out DeGeneres' signature moves.

President Obama also poked fun at the show host for her Twitter record-setting star-studded Oscars selfie, which was actually photobombed by House of Cards star Spacey. "I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself," POTUS joked. "Getting a bunch of celebrities in the background."

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