One of Barack Obama's favorite shows is about a secret Muslim who runs for office with a possible eye toward harming America from within -- which is exactly what the president's more paranoid critics accuse him of being.
But that, apparently, hasn't diminshed his appreciation of "Homeland," one of several shows he listed as his favorites in a year-end chat with People.
Obama has explained, again and again, that he isn't a Muslim and was born in the U.S. He even produced his birth certificate, partly to swat down insinuations that he's a sort of Manchurian candidate with plans to undermine the U.S. -- after establishing his cover, of course, by ordering the death of Osama bin Laden. (Never mind the idiocy of assuming anyone who's a Muslim must be out to destroy America.)
Also on the executive watchlist: ABC's "Modern Family," which he watches with daughters Sasha and Malia. (Social conservatives may note that it features two happy and well-adjusted gay parents.) "For the girls and me, 'Modern Family,' that's our favorite show," Obama tells the magazine.
First Lady Michelle Obama says the president has to watch "Homeland" and another somber show, HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," on his own. "We don't watch TV with him," she says in the joint interview.
Before you complain about the president watching too much TV, note that he says he's "a little behind" in his viewing. So nobody tell the commander in chief that -- "Boardwalk" spoiler alert -- Jimmy Darmody is no more.