Friday, February 22, 2008

When life immitates The West Wing immitating life

Aha! I knew it!

what those West Wing fans stunned by the similarity between the fictitious Matthew Santos and the real-life Barack Obama have not known is that the resemblance is no coincidence. When the West Wing scriptwriters first devised their fictitious presidential candidate in the late summer of 2004, they modelled him in part on a young Illinois politician - not yet even a US senator - by the name of Barack Obama.

"I drew inspiration from him in drawing this character," West Wing writer and producer Eli Attie told the Guardian. "When I had to write, Obama was just appearing on the national scene. He had done a great speech at the convention [which nominated John Kerry] and people were beginning to talk about him."



Hat tip - IP

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3 Comments:

  • gag me!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:50 PM  

  • because Obama wasnt enough of a fairy tale already...

    By Blogger Antonio, at 5:32 PM  

  • Except that I recall that Matt Santos at least had 'some' executive experience as the mayor of a large city - Houston. Still looking for Obama's...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:33 AM  

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