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Obama to Host Screening of ‘1600 Penn’ on Wednesday

The cast and crew of "1600 Penn," which includes a former Obama speechwriter, will be on hand for the screening

Hey, even the Leader of the Free World needs to kick back and have a laugh once in a while.

President Barack Obama will host a screening of NBC's new presidential comedy "1600 Penn" on Wednesday, the network said Tuesday.

The show's cast and crew will also be on hand for the late-afternoon screening, and will receive a tour of the White House. The National Press Club will also host a screening and panel for the sitcom on Wednesday.

The comedy, which premieres Thursday, stars Bill Pullman as the president and Jenna Elfman as the first lady. "1600 Penn," which was co-created by and co-stars "Book of Mormon" veteran Josh Gad, imagines a dysfunctional first family residing in the White House.

Aside from the subject matter of the series, "1600 Penn" boasts an additional tie to the White House — series co-creator Jon Lovett, who also executive-produces the series, is a former member of Obama's speech-writing team.

Obama also hosted a screening of the Steven Spielberg biopic "Lincoln" last year.