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I Miss the West Wing

Aaron Sorkin wrote an excellent op-ed piece for the NY Times, conjuring up a meeting between Obama and fictional West Wing president Jed Bartlett. In my mind I read the whole thing in the voice of the brilliant actor Martin Sheen, which made me miss the television series even more. Here's a snippet:

BARTLET That was a hell of a convention.

OBAMA Thank you, I was proud of it.

BARTLET I meant the Republicans. The Us versus Them-a-thon. As a Democrat I was surprised to learn that I don’t like small towns, God, people with jobs or America. I’ve been a little out of touch but is there a mandate that the vice president be skilled at field dressing a moose —

OBAMA Look —

BARTLET — and selling Air Force Two on eBay?

OBAMA Joke all you want, Mr. President, but it worked.

BARTLET Imagine my surprise. What can I do for you, kid?

OBAMA I’m interested in your advice.

BARTLET I can’t give it to you.


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