Hillary Busis
December 17, 2013 AT 09:14 PM EST

Spoiler alert: Our Commander in Chief didn’t say yes. But he also didn’t say no, meaning that anyone yearning to see Barack Obama play, like, BBQ pitmaster Freddy‘s smooth-voiced cousin from Chicago can still hold onto a tiny bit of hope.

Netflix head honcho Reed Hastings’ offer came Tuesday, right before a meeting between Obama and several tech industry CEOs, including Apple’s Tim Cook and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer as well as Hastings. (According to Time, they were talking about NSA surveillance.) He made the quip right after Obama wondered aloud whether Hastings had brought any advance screeners of House of Cards along with him.

After the group had a hearty laugh and Hastings invited Obama to cameo on the show, the president revealed that he actually wouldn’t mind if real-life Washington were a little more like the cutthroat capital depicted on creator Beau Willimon’s show: “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient,” the president said. “It’s true. It’s like Kevin Spacey, man, this guy’s getting a lot of stuff done.”

Thanks to CBS News, we’ve got video of the whole thing. Feast your eyes, Underwoodites:

House of Cards returns with a new season in February. And if you can’t wait quite that long, you may get a kick out of the intro to this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner — which features Kevin Spacey as fiction’s most ruthless congressman.

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