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Kevin Spacey: President Obama probably has Frank Underwood envy

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Actor Kevin Spacey discussed the show "House of Cards" on Sunday on ABC's "This Week," agreeing with George Stephanopoulos that President Obama was likely envious of his ruthless character Frank Underwood.

"I can imagine why he would," Spacey said, pointing out that the fictional "House of Cards" Congress was actually getting things done.

"I can imagine he must feel, gosh, I wish we could move that quickly," Spacey said.

Spacey talked about shadowing House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. while preparing for the role, even attending some whip meetings on Capitol Hill.

"He actually said recently, 'You know if I could kill just one member of Congress, I would never need to worry about another vote,' " Spacey laughed, speaking about McCarthy.

Spacey pointed out that the arrival of the Tea Party had made the whip job particularly difficult.

"Look, it's particularly interesting for him, because there are so many new members of Congress who were sort of brought in, and the Tea Party, and we're going to fight against Washington, and we're not going to do it the usual way, that it's difficult to harangue 218 congressmen to vote a particular way you want them to vote," Spacey added. "So I don't envy the position. It's not easy."

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