The person running the prop department over at HBO must be a modern history buff.
Last month, the pay channel took some heat when it was learned that an episode of "Game of Thrones" featured the head of President George W. Bush on a pike.
Last weekend, a new installment of "True Blood," one of the network's more popular programs, incorporated President Barack Obama in an imaginative fashion. The episode features a group of assailants wearing masks modeled after the 44th president's mug. (Note: The link includes some spoiler information).
There's a clear difference between the uses of the presidential imagery. It's hard to imagine a positive angle for the use of Bush's likeness, while the Obama masks could be an update of the famous "Point Break" sequence in which robbers don masks of several recent presidents to camouflage their identity.