With Barack Obama's selection of Rahm Emanuel
, I have to admit that I found myself checking out
Wikipedia to glean more information about him.
I was a bit taken aback when I red this on the page:
his brother Ari is a talent agent in Los Angeles who inspired Jeremy Piven's character Ari Gold on the HBO series Entourage. Emanuel himself
is the inspiration for the character Josh Lyman on The West Wing.
Wow, pretty crazy I thought....
So I checked out Josh Lyman
, the character based on him on
The West Wing
. I never really watched the show, but seeing the page, I remember the
character. I also checked out the Wikipedia on the show itself.
It describes the 'jobs' the different characters did on the show. In the early years, the character Josh Lyman was the Deputy White House Chief of
Staff to President Jed Bartlet
where I was interested, but not amazed to find that his
character was based on Bill Clinton:
Sheen describes the character as being drawn largely from Bill Clinton: "He's bright, astute and filled with all the negative foibles that make
him very human," he told Radio Times.
I thought wow, pretty savvy to mimic reality for a tv show. So then I was looking at what the later years of the show, the character Josh Lyman then
works for the character Matt Santos
in his run for President.
I would say that I was more than a little bit surprised to se this:
According to West Wing writer and producer Eli Attie, Santos is based on Barack Obama.
and more than a bit weirded out by:
but only because it is Jimmy Smits.
But then I realized after laughing about Jimmy Smits as President, that besides not having to 'endure' the Bush years, The West Wing 'predicted'
the election of Barack Obama in 2006. President Santos 'assumed' office January 2007... and was a Congressman 2000-2006. He was also "Mayor of
I know that much of that is back story for when Jimmy Smits joined the cast, but I would like the ATS membership's opinion on The West Wing
predicting the Rise of Barack Obama.... and his cabinet. I am sure there are probably connections that I am neglecting. Please feel free to help
figure this out....
Maybe they deserve a Platinum Emmy or something.