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?

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Daenerys Targaryen/Barack Obama
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Daenerys Targaryen/Barack Obama

Sometimes it seems like these are the only two sympathetic characters in their respective dramas, and they've definitely got the toughest gigs around. Daenerys and Obama transcended alluringly obscure backgrounds, uphill beginnings and an almost existential sense of placelessness to attain great power, comporting themselves with a placid ease and polite charm that masks a bold, calculated determination. And like Barack, Dany represented the inchoate promise of historically transformative change only to get ground down by the day-to-day reality of political leadership. She tried to end slavery; he tried to give everyone health insurance. She has to control her dragons; he has to keep a leash on Joe Biden. You gotta pay the cost to be the boss – let's just hope making it across the Narrow Sea isn't as hard as doing something real about climate change.  

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