With so many television shows about the White House and American politics, you'd think that someone close to the action — like the real president's daughter, Malia Obama — would want to be involved with whatever in D.C. is so exciting that it continually gets depicted on screen. Not so, however — President Obama has said he's "very doubtful" either of his daughters would run for public office one day, and the eldest is clearly showing an affinity for entertainment. Malia was spotted on the set of HBO's "Girls" recently, prompting speculation that she's been hired as an intern on Lena Dunham's hit show.
The first daughter was a production assistant for the Halle Berry-led "Extant" last summer, so either she's interested in working on shows featuring strong female leads, or just likes hanging around on set with the actresses depicting them. Could be both. Regardless, the 17-year-old is just over a year away from attending college, so a potential full-time career in entertainment isn't too far off.
If she really dives in though, which shows would be perfect for her behind-the-scenes contribution? Launching off from "Extant" and "Girls," let's follow the trend of strong female leads to see where she could land.
1. "Game of Thrones"
In a show often blasted for its gratuitous violence, especially against women, Daenerys Targaryen is probably the strongest character of any gender. Let's not forget she came out of a fire completely unscathed, commands a huge army of warriors, and verbally jousts better than even Tyrion Lannister.
2. "Orange is the New Black"
Three seasons deep, "Orange is the New Black" continues to boast the inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary as the biggest, strongest cast of women on TV. This is likely the closest Malia will ever get to prison, Barack and Michelle pray.
If Malia's going to be on the set of a show about Washington D.C., it should be the one that most mercilessly satirizes it. Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as the Vice President on "Veep," but don't let her character's short-sightedness undermine your perception of her drive to succeed. Everyone else on the show is just as (if not more) short-sighted themselves.
Carrie Mathison, portrayed by Claire Danes, isn't the best role model for women — she actually might be one of the worst — but that's exactly why she's so compelling. She's tough to the core and shows it's not just men like Tony Soprano, Walter White, and Don Draper that get to be "bad" people in lead TV roles.
5. "House of Cards"
Back to D.C. — Frank Underwood may be the most ruthless, powerful man in America, but he wouldn't have gotten anywhere close to his current status without his wife Claire, played by actress Robin Wright. In many ways, she's every bit as cunning and smart as he is, but with a conscience he can't seem to muster. She knows how to navigate gray areas with grace, and she'd be an even better president than him.
Speaking of gray areas, "Scandal's" Olivia Pope thrives on understanding them. Maybe a bit too close to home for Malia since it's a political show that's not as hilarious as "Veep" or outrageous as "House of Cards," but Kerry Washington is a force enough on her own.
7. "Parks and Recreation"
"Parks and Recreation," easily one of the happiest and funniest shows on TV in its prime, sadly ended in early 2015. However, there was a lot of playing with the future in the show's finale, so through some sort of tear in the space-time continuum it'd be a delight to see Malia working on the show — doesn't seem like it'd be that hard to arrange. Plus her mom Michelle made a cameo in season six. It's a family affair.
8. "Modern Family"
Apparently "Modern Family" is a show the Obama family loves to watch together, and no show succeeds at portraying its diverse characters in a stronger light than this one.
Kill your internship and get offered a full-time job. That's how it works, right? Maybe Malia can come back for season nine where Hannah and all her friends have matured from 25-year-olds with no direction to 30-year-olds with no direction. Life is hard.
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