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Sorry, Snooki: the Obamas Don't Watch 'Jersey Shore'

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 13th 2010 12:00PM
It's been weeks now, and still, President Barack Obama has had nothing to say about two of the greatest threats to American security.

We're speaking, of course, about Snooki and The Situation, from MTV's new series 'Jersey Shore.' Alas, according to First Lady Michelle Obama, it's a show the First Family does not watch. "I've heard about it," Mrs Obama tells People, in an interview all about the Obamas' TV viewing preferences. "Not seen it."

She says the White House's televisions are restricted primarily to Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, for the sake of 11-year-old Malia and 8-year-old Sasha, and even then, the girls are permitted to watch TV only on weekends. "They can only watch the kid-TV channels for the most part, because you just never know," the First Lady tells PEOPLE. "Unless they want to watch football with me, which they're always welcome," the President adds. "But somehow they haven't been drawn to that yet."

Indeed, the First Couple seem to watch a lot of sports programming. They watch ESPN's 'SportsCenter' in the mornings as they work out together. "I tend to be much more informed about sports than I'd like," Michelle Obama says, though her husband says that's a good thing. "Michelle actually knows her sports, which is important in our marriage."

So ... that's all they watch? Really? Is there something the Obamas aren't telling us? For one thing, we imagine that the First Family's taste in children's TV extends beyond Nick and Disney to socialist Marxist commie PBS, home of 'Sesame Street,' on which Michelle Obama appeared a couple months ago, urging kids to put American agribusiness and fast-food conglomerates out of business by growing their own vegetables.

Michelle Obama on 'Sesame Street'

Michelle Obama and White House chef Cristeta Comerford also appeared on Food Network's 'Iron Chef America' last week, in a competition that required its celebrity chefs to use ingredients found in the First Lady's White House vegetable garden. The President invited Food Network's Bobby Flay to the White House last summer, where the two men grilled steaks and chicken on the White House lawn, as if to try to prove that the Obamas aren't tree-hugging environmentalist vegetarians.

President Barack Obama Grilling with Bobby Flay

And while President Obama hasn't weighed in on the great late-night disaster at NBC, it seems clear that he watches 'The Tonight Show,' given this now-prescient advice he had for Conan O'Brien when the former 'Late Night' host succeeded Jay Leno last summer. "I just want him to know that there's not going to be any bailout coming out from Washington if he screws it up," the President warned.

President Obama on Conan O'Brien's taking over 'The Tonight Show'

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