By Mandi Bierly
December 16, 2011 at 09:35 PM EST
Pete Souza

In the latest issue of People magazine, the President and First Lady sit down to take a serious look back at 2011 and lightheartedly remind us that they’re just like us. The big news (for pop culture fans): President Obama watches Boardwalk Empire and Homeland, while wife Michelle and daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, prefer Modern Family. There, now you know what to talk to them about should you ever meet them. According to, the Obamas only recently got a DVR installed in their second-floor family quarters in the White House. Reason I will never be asked to interview the Obamas: I would have wasted valuable time having them go through all their season passes.

Also of note: The girls aren’t allowed on Facebook, but they don’t want to be on it anyway: “Their theory is, ‘Why would we want to have a whole bunch of people who we don’t know knowing our business?'” the president says. “We’ll see how they feel in four years.” (Somehow, it hits home when children say it, right?)

P.S. My favorite line of the People White House interview is, “He kissed his wife, Michelle, and rolled his eyes at the jingle-bell collar she’d put on their dog Bo.”