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POTUS pegs Omar Little as the best 'The Wire' character, Michael reacts

Even though electronics have upgraded since the show aired, "The Wire" is one of a few timeless dramatic shows. Although the HBO show has been off the air for for six years, it's gotten the head nod with everyone from rappers to politicians, including President Barack H. Obama in a 2012 interview with Bill Simmons.

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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Creator and director David Simon, who wrote about the normalcy of the presidential election, can puff out his chest a little bit, too, for President Obama referring to the HBO show as "one of the best shows of all time."

Although Michael K. Williams, the actor who played Omar Little, had heard from friends that Obama was impressed with his role, it wasn't until he was interviewed by George Strompolos that he heard the interview for himself.

The transition during the show from learning how to use picture images on cell phones or disposable pagers or even hidden cameras may make the show seem dated, but everything else on the show could (and does) happen right now.

What made Omar Little's character stand out was the matter-of-fact way that his character being homosexual was introduced. He did everything from tongue kiss to have sex with his boyfriends, and the man clearly had no interest in being single. How he managed to sort his love interests out by ones who were only willing to rob and kill with him is anybody's guess.

But the Robin Hood persona is what really made people pay attention to him.

According to Obama, "He's a gay gangster who only robs drug dealers and then gives back. He's sort of a Robin Hood. He's the toughest, baddest guy on the show, but he's gay."

On Larry King's web show "Larry King Now" on Ora TV, the journalist asked about how Williams got the role and how he himself viewed the character he's most popularly known as.

"I viewed Omar as a man who was in a tremendous amount of pain," said Williams, in the October 2013 interview. "I also viewed him as man that could've been, you know, very easily President Omar Little had he been given the opportunities."

Williams also didn't shy away from questions about his behavior, both before and during the show. He admitted to Larry King that he used drugs while playing the part of Omar, but playing the character was cathartic for him. The actor confirmed that he woke up one day and just decided to stop his drug use.

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