Obama Misses Wire Premiere; Could Hurt Him In N.H.

Back in November, Barack Obama delighted HBO fans across America by declaring that one of his favorite TV shows is The Wire .

So you’d think he would have put this campaign thing on hiatus for an hour to catch the Season 5 premiere last night at 9 p.m. Apparently not.

According to his deputy press secretary, Ben LaBolt, Obama was on the bus at the time. I asked if that means he’ll be watching it on demand. “First comes New Hampshire,” LaBolt said. “Then we’ll worry about The Wire .”

In the meantime, Obama can keep up by reading Slate ‘s Wire ” TV Club ,” to which, as of now, he has a standing invitation.