President Obama Has Finally Gone Too Far

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The tyranny of President Obama’s reign of terror knows no bounds. Now it extends to shaking down the creators of Game of Thrones:

During HBO’s Sunday red carpet for the premiere of Season 6’s first episode, the showrunners confirmed that the president will receive advance episodes of the show. “When the commander in chief says, ‘I want to see advanced episodes,’ what are you gonna do?” Benioff said.

Did he threaten them with an IRS audit? Drop hints that the FCC might want to look into HBO’s business practices? “Suggest” that his union pals might be upset if he didn’t get the screeners? Truly the man has no conscience.

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