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President Obama talks 'The Wire' with creator David Simon

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You can now add President Obama to the list of people telling you, “You really need to watch The Wire.”  The POTUS is such a fan, in fact, that he invited creator David Simon to the White House for an interview, during which he called the HBO series “one of the greatest not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades.”

Obama used examples from the show, based in Baltimore, to point to policing problems nationwide, hailed its depiction of how the drug war infiltrates families, and how the show helps to humanize criminals. Oh, and Omar is his favorite character.

Catch the full conversation below: