The first season of House of Cards starts with the inauguration of Garrett Walker as 45th President. If the show is true to reality, that would make Walker the successor of Barack Obama, and have him inaugurated in 2017.
Is there any in-show evidence that the first season of House of Cards really does take place in 2017? Or, alternately, that the show follows some sort of alternate history, like The West Wing did? If the latter, do we know the differences?