"At the front end, I've to tell you I'm a huge fan of
The Wire," President Obama tells former Baltimore Sun crime reporter and HBO series creator David Simon. "I think it's one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades."
The president's favorite character?
Omar, of course.
"When I came in as a police reporter, the federal prison population was about 34 percent violent offenders," says Simon. "When I left as a police reporter 13 years later, it was about 7 percent."