What actress played Annabeth Schott, a character who appeared on The West Wing beginning in the sixth season?
Between President Obama's struggle and sort-of triumph to keep his BlackBerry and the West Wing's faltering email system — yesterday Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said it was down — it's a hardly a surprise to learn the White House is mired in cords and cables and 6-year-old computers.
Staff has traded in campaign MacBooks for desktops fitted with outdated Windows software, and the few laptops available are being rationed to very select staff. No Facebook. No IM. No Twitter. Not even wireless!
For a staff that relied on technology and social networking to win an election, White House employees will have to begrudgingly adjust to the loss of mobility. While it's done partly out of tradition, restrictions also ensure information is protected under the Presidential Records Act. Obama spokesman Bill Burton admitted, "It is kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari." And that's the official line!
If America is going to lead the world, should its government have access to leading technology?
Every other Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar T-shirt!
Last week, in light of all the election hubbub, I thought it would be fun to recast the White House staff that was so entertaining on The West Wing. Some of you couldn't bear to think of any other actors filling the original cast's shoes while others went ahead and gave it a whirl.
Whip's cast suggestions were great. I got a laugh out of Tina Fey as C.J., who would then secretly have the hots for Whip's suggestion for Josh Lyman, Matt Damon. Tina and Matt together is an amazing idea!
Mommapoppins had some creative ideas as well: Kal Penn as the young aide to President Bartlet is a fantastic idea, and I actually think Katie Holmes would make a decent Donna. I smiled at thecolourclear's casting for the president because Samuel L. Jackson would not be someone folks in Congress would mess with.
The winner came down to a cast full of actors I would love to see on screen together and who could totally pull off these roles as brilliant politicos. Congratulations to lauraonbway!
To see who lauraonbway chose, along with a new cast photo, read more
Every other Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!
Since the air is still crackling with exciting presidential news, I thought it would be fun to recast one of the most presidential TV shows ever: The West Wing! And the timing is kind of perfect because as president-elect Barack Obama chooses his own White House staff, we'll be casting our own.
As fans of the show know, the cast was large, diverse, and ever-changing so for the purposes of this challenge I thought we'd stick to the president's long-standing inner circle. Who do you think could play President Bartlet with Martin Sheen's same level of integrity and intelligence, and his physician wife Abbey Bartlet? What about tough-as-nails press secretary turned chief of staff, C. J. Cregg (Allison Janney)? Then there are the guys: Deputy White House Communications Director Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe), Communications Director Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff), and Deputy White House Chief of Staff Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford).
Finally, who would you cast as the president's personal aide Charlie Young, Josh's assistant Donna Moss, and the president's closest confidant, Leo McGarry?
Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, Nov. 11, complete with a "new" cast photo. To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt, read more
The presidential election is nearly upon us, and one of its major effects on me has been to make me crave The West Wing. The show about a fictional presidential administration was a longtime favorite of mine, and in these confusing political times, I wish we had a Jed Bartlet to calm things down a little. How well do you remember this long-running Aaron Sorkin series? Take my quiz and find out!Take the Quiz
Oh, wish no longer! With all the squabbling around the delegates and the big convention in Denver looming, don't you wish you could just cozy up and watch the drama unfold, just like the good ol' days on West Wing? This is almost as good!
It's a full screen play of the the imaginings of the plot. It's good!
The leadership considers going to Hillary and telling her it’s time to drop out. They all know there will be blood if they do that. Someone suggests trying to get Barack to drop out.
Reid: Barack sure is a lot easier to talk to.
Pelosi: Are we really gonna ask him to drop out just because he’s easier to talk to?
They screw up the courage to go to Hillary. They all agree they have to have Gore onboard and they have to enlist at least one of Hillary’s most committed superdelegates to join them.
Noo! Tell us how it ends! No cliffhangers! I wonder if this fiction will parallel reality. . . Do you think President Bartlett is a superdelegate?
Photo courtesy of NBC
This article Buzz pointed out yesterday about Barack Obama being the real-life inspiration for Jimmy Smits' character, Matt Santos, got me all shades of nostalgic for The West Wing. Now granted, by the time that story line rolled around, I daresay the show had, ahem, Jumped the proverbial Shark, but the article is a good read and a nice blend of Ballot Bowl '08 and the Boob-tube.
Writer and producer Eli Attie said,
"Some of Santos's insistence on not being defined by his race, his pride in it even as he rises above it, came from that."
Attie acknowledges Obama's rising superstar image, saying,
"After that convention speech, Obama's life changed. He was mobbed wherever he went. He was more than a candidate seeking votes: people were seeking him. Some of Santos's celebrity aura came from that."
And a glorious, glorious treat for you: the video of the absolute best, classic West Wing scene, ever. Wanna see, "oh, and one more thing. In this building, when the President stands, nobody sits."? Then read more