Monday, November 10, 2008

Well, He's No President Bartlet, But...

Someone clever has taken the Obama campaign and merged it with the West Wing open... and they did a very clever job of it, too:

I just happen to own the last two seasons of the West Wing, which covered the campaigns of the two candidates vying to succeed President Bartlet, and I started to rewatch them about a week before the election. It has been fascinating to watch the fake campaign - Rep. Matthew Santos (D-TX), played by Jimmy Smits, vs. Sen. Arnold Vinick (R-CA), played by Alan Alda - and the real campaign at the same time... It makes you appreciate the drama of the actors even more, and I highly recommend it if you get the chance.

By the way, President-elect Obama's chief of staff, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), was reportedly the model for the character of Josh Lyman, who was President Bartlet's deputy chief of staff and later Matt Santos' campaign manager. So there ya go!

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