Obama’s Oval: ‘Folks in Gray Suits’ — Not Great TV, Tells DeGeneres

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President Barack Obama, second right, U.S. Vice President Joseph “Joe” Biden, third right, and members of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, during a meeting at the Oval Office in Washington, D.C.

Much of the president’s day, it turns out, is spent sitting around “listening to a bunch of folks in gray suits.”

This news-break comes from “The Ellen Show,” with Ellen DeGeneres playing host to President Barack Obama in the program airing at 3 pm EDT today. The YouTube is already out, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. (See it below.)

Naturally, DeGeneres asked the president about the hottest thing on Netflix these days. Has he watched “House of Cards”?

“I’ve watched `House of Cards,”’ Obama said. “I haven’t seen `Scandal’ yet…. But Michelle has watched `Scandal.”’

“I have to tell you,” Obama told DeGeneres, “life in Washington is a little more boring than displayed on the screen… If you followed me, most of my day is sitting in a room listening to a bunch of folks in gray suits talking about a whole bunch of stuff that wouldn’t make very good television.”

“That’s what I do, and I make great television,” the host said.

“I have to tell you, Ellen, there’s not much dancing in the Situation Room,” he said.

“That’s what’s missing,” she said.

“That’s the problem,” the president said.

This remote appearance was part of the president’s pitch for his health-care program online, on TV and on the road as a March 31 deadline for signing up at Healthcare.gov nears.

“You know, we’ve got about two weeks left until March 31 for people to sign up,” Obama said of the Affordable Care Act’s online enrollment. “What we’ve said is, ‘You never know what life is going to throw at you. You at this point can get health insurance in some cases for $100 a month and less.”’

The talk show host, of course, was supportive of the cause.

They missed one opportunity here, however — the potential for a double-selfie by two who have elevated the iPhone art form.

The president was seated in the White House, the host in Burbank.

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