Barack Obama has always been up with the play: He’s the man who dances at Beyoncé concerts, watched Game of Thrones, raps to Drake and literally dropped the mic at his last White House Correspondents’ dinner, after all.
But one thing we weren’t expecting from the former US President was an admission of watching the biggest standout show of 2019: Fleabag.
While rounding up his favourite books and movies of the year – something he’s started doing annually – Obama included the hit BBC comedy’s second season in an additional section at the bottom of his list, dubbed “TV shows that I considered as powerful as movies.”
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Next up are my favorite movies and TV shows of 2019. This year’s list includes everything from explorations of class dynamics and relationships, to an inspired reboot of a classic graphic novel, to a portal back to one of the most special places in history — an Aretha Franklin concert. Of course, there’s also American Factory, a film from our own production company, Higher Ground, that was recently shortlisted for an Oscar. It’s our first offering in partnership with Netflix, and I’m excited about the other projects we’ve got in the works. Here’s the full list:
Of course, when you consider how many awards Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag‘s creator and star, racked up at this year’s Emmys, it’s clear that Obama would have the show on his radar. But the very instant his list went live, Fleabag fans everywhere had just one thought pop to mind: “Oh My God, Obama has seen it.”
In the very first episode of Fleabag – which the former POTUS would’ve naturally watched prior to delving into the show’s second season – Fleabag, played by Waller-Bridge, is caught masturbating in bed to a video of Obama giving a speech.
That’s right. Obama watched Fleabag watching him… while masturbating.
Naturally, fans of the show were quick to come to the shockingly hilarious realisation, taking to Twitter with their thoughts:
— LadyLover (@MultiGayShipper) December 29, 2019
i am crying that obama watches fleabag and has now watched a posh british woman wank over him https://t.co/OT3MDoP9zH
— kav 🗑 (@Kav_Kaushik) December 29, 2019
President Barack Obama must have also loved Fleabag: Season 1 when Phoebe Waller-Bridge masturbated to his speech. This is the unexpected content that we needed in 2019. pic.twitter.com/XnMHZji7Lz
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) December 29, 2019
What a way to end the year.