Spoiler Alert: The following quiz references one very significant plot point from season two of House of Cards. If you haven’t caught up on all the political backbiting, do it now—every episode is streaming on Netflix. If you have, then let’s proceed.
He’s done it. Frank Underwood has weaseled his way into the Oval Office. Yes, the disgraceful antihero who spits out Southern charm and DC slime in equal measure is now the leader of the small screen’s free world. And we couldn’t be happier.
Even President Barack Obama’s a fan, teasing that he wishes his own government were as ruthlessly efficient. And though Obama shares little in common with the fictional mudslinger, the two do share an affinity for clever metaphors and idioms. To celebrate the show’s return, we thought we’d play a little game called Who Said It: Underwood or Obama? Go ahead. See if you can match the statesman to his sound bite. Then test your knowledge of DC city hacks and Capital speak.
1. “If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness: It’s possible that I’m a little too awesome.” - Obama
2. “It’s not the beginning of the story that I fear. It’s not knowing how it will end.” - Underwood
3. “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” - Obama
4. “It’s a boy-eat-dog world out there.” - Obama
5. “Stubbornness is far more costly than obedience.” - Underwood
6. “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.” - Obama
7. “The higher up the mountain, the more treacherous the path.” - Underwood
8. “Pay attention to the fine print. It’s far more important than the selling price.” - Underwood
9. “Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.” - Obama
10. “Generosity is its own form of power.” - Underwood
11. “I had learned not to care. I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years.” - Obama
12. “I’m feeling hungry today.” - Underwood
13. “There’s no better way to overpower a trickle of doubt than with a flood of naked truth.” - Underwood