The Westeros Wing: Meet 'Game of Thrones' Real-Life D.C. Counterparts

How do the HBO show's power players stack up against Capitol Hill's heroes and villains?

Joffrey Baratheon/George W. Bush
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Joffrey Baratheon/George W. Bush

We are in no way trying to insinuate that the 43rd President of the United States is the kind of guy who'd string up a hooker in his bedchamber and pump her full of hunting arrows; even Skull & Bones guys don't party that hard. Nor are we are even remotely suggesting that George Sr. and Babs might be brother and sister (though you never know with rich people). But obviously Joff and G-Dub have a lot in common. Both of these spoiled little lords-turned-wannabe tough guys brought untold suffering on a great many peoples thanks to nothing more than their impetuous bratty dickishness. "We've had vicious kings, and we've had idiot kings, but I don't think we've ever been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king," Joffrey's uncle Tyrion tells him in Season Two. If only John Kerry had a line like that ready to go in one of his 2004 presidential debates.

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