Barack Obama Lists 'Fleabag,' 'Watchmen,' 'The Irishman' Among Favorite Movies and TV Shows of 2019

Obama included 'Fleabag' on his list and people had jokes.

Barack Obama speaks to young leaders from across Europe in a Town Hall styled session.

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Barack Obama speaks to young leaders from across Europe in a Town Hall styled session.

Because he knows you're interested, Barack Obama has released his favorite films and TV shows of 2019. 

Next up are my favorite movies and TV shows of 2019. Of course, there’s also American Factory, a film from our own production company, Higher Ground, that was recently shortlisted for an Oscar. Here’s the full list:

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 29, 2019

Obama's list obviously features the documentary American Factory, the first film distributed by Higher Ground Productions, the production company he started with his wife Michelle. It's one of the 15 finalists on the shortlist for the Best Documentary Feature at this year's Oscars.

The former President had a nice assortment of features that included favorites for a Best Picture Oscar nomination (Marriage StoryThe Irishman), critically acclaimed indie projects (BooksmartThe Last Black Man in San Francisco), and this year's dark horse darling, Parasite.

Obama's list for "TV shows that I considered as powerful as movies" included HBO's Watchmen, Netflix's Unbelievable, and Season 2 of Fleabag. Now let's talk about him including the Phoebe Waller-Bridge-created series, because in order for Barack to be interested in watching the second season, he theoretically had to watch the first. That means he must've seen the scene in the premiere episode, where Waller-Bridge's character Fleabag masturbates to a video on her laptop of Obama delivering a speech. And of course, people took notice because, well, that's how the internet works.

ok i'm gonna try to be calm about this but doesn't the Fleabag pilot have a scene where she MASTURBATES TO AN OBAMA SPEECH

— Tony Tulathimutte (@tonytula) December 29, 2019

Not enough people are talking about how this means that Barack Obama definitely knows that Fleabag opened with PWB masturbating to him.

— Dyan Flores (@dyancflores) December 29, 2019

Obama watches Fleabag.

Presuming he's also seen Series 1 this means he's watched a woman wanking off to one of his speeches.

It's things like this why I have Twitter.

— Rachel Griffiths (@sunflowersutra1) December 29, 2019

I feel like people aren’t fully processing the fact that we now know Obama has seen that episode of Fleabag where Phoebe Waller Bridge masturbates to one of his speeches

— Josh Price (@JoshingPrice) 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.

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) December 29, 2019

We couldn’t ask for higher praise than this. 🙌 #Fleabag

— Fleabag (@fleabag) December 29, 2019

Waller-Bridge revealed during her 2016 appearance on the Vulture TV Podcast that Obama scene was "all women wanted to talk about."   

"It was all women wanted to talk about. All the complexities would come out, and people would say, 'Yes, very moved, very moved … I was so glad you said that about Obama, I'd really like to talk about that with somebody.'"

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