President Obama: 'Boyhood' Was 'My Favorite Movie' of the Year

The president also reveals to PEOPLE what he thinks of that "astonishing" Vine of the first lady and a turnip

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President Obama gave PEOPLE his own “Best of 2014” list, and the groundbreaking 12-year saga Boyhood tops the presidential picks.

Boyhood was a great movie. That, I think, was my favorite movie this year,” he told PEOPLE in a joint interview with First Lady Michelle Obama for this week’s issue.

On the presidential nightstand right now? “I’m in the middle of a wonderful book that was recently released called Redeployment, by Phil Klay,” Obama said. “He’s an Iraq War veteran who’s written a series of short stories. Really good. Really powerful.”

As for viral videos, don’t be fooled that the leader of the free world has better things to do than yuk it up on YouTube.

Obama says his daughters, Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, show him online videos. “My favorite of all time, I think, was BatDad,” the president said, laughing. “Whoever BatDad is out there, man, I was into your thing.”

But, ever the domestic diplomat, Obama noted that his wife’s own viral Vine video homage to healthy eating was a hit with him, too.

“Clearly, the most astonishing Vine this year was Michelle and the turnip,” Obama said. “I mean, let’s face it – who else can make a turnip into a star but Michelle Obama?”

For more from our exclusive interview with the president and first lady, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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