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‘1600 Penn’ creator calls White House screening 'surreal'

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The show, which premieres Thursday on NBC, is about an "average" family living in the fishbowl of the White House. The fictional first family headed to the real 1600 Pennsylvania Ave on Wednesday for a private screening. 

Co-creator and writer Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for the administration, said that although Obama was "gracious" in hosting the event, he brought the staff in and left without actually watching the show.

"We were at work on the correspondence dinner a couple of years ago when the bin Laden raid was happening and we had no idea, and so ever since then ... [when] he says he has to go, he has to go," said Lovett.

Lovett also tweeted a photograph that he joked was from of the White House screening, but was actually the famed photo of Obama and his national security team on the day of the Osama bin Laden raid: