Diabolically clever, massively entertaining, the announcement by Netflix that House of Cards is to go into a fourth season in 2016 has delighted millions of fans. If you’ve ever wondered how the phenomenon began, here’s your chance to buy the book which started it all. The new season coincides with the US election campaign. Both the series and the election will be fascinating to watch!! Obama himself has quipped that the utterly devious US President, as so beautifully played by Kevin Spacey, learnt everything from him. Or was it the other way around? And yes, ultimately the masterful House of Cards series has everything to do with war, and with America’s standing in the world.
The fourth season will carry more than a hint of irony, as it runs in the same year as a real American election. The series is one of the most fascinating studies ever made of that greatest of all motivators, beyond money, beyond sex: power.
Robin Wright has put in a masterful performance as First Lady, while Kevin Spacey makes the perfect plotting politician come President. So famous has the series become, on April Fool’s Day US President Obama took time out to impersonate that other President, the ever conniving Frank Underwood.
“Hello everybody. This is not Frank Underwood. This is Barack Obama. Happy April Fools’ Day. Frank learned it from me.”
The short Youtube clip, filmed in front of a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, begins with a statement of the time and date, a commonly used scene entry device in House of Cards. Obama attempted to copy the lilting burr of the fictional Commander-in-Chief’s South Carolina accent. Underwood is known for scheming his way into the nation’s highest office through deceit and violence.
Obama has previously admitted to watching House of Cards, though he says that life in Washington is not as dramatic. “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient,” he has previously said.
Michael Dobbs’ original book House of Cards is set in London’s Westminster, and tells a dark tale of greed, corruption and unquenchable ambition. It demonstrates that no matter what the country, politics and the pursuit of power can be very dirty games indeed.Buy Now