Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Obama and Bartlet Administrations

By Ben Trott

Regular readers of this blog will know that the similarities between the Obama candidacy and that of fictional presidential candidate, Matt Santos from TV's the West Wing, has been a recurring theme. See for example these two posts here and here. For fans of the show, in which Martin Sheen plays the sitting Democratic President, Josiah Bartlet, the Guardian have put together an article detailing which real-life White House staffers now occupy the various positions held by the programme's principle characters.

While we are at it, someone has put together a YouTube video, in the style of the West Wing's opening credits, introducing Obama's senior staff.

Here is Martin Sheen talking about Obama.

And here is Elie Attie, a former speech writer for Al Gore who also worked on the West Wing, talking about Obama and Santos.

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