I work at The White House

Not to get all political on you, but….getting a little political on you…

This weekend, the parents and I finally continued our West Wing watching. (First time for me, second for them. It’s only taken us two years to get through three seasons and one episode!) We watched the season four opener, “20 Hours In America.”

There’s a lot I loved about this episode. Lily Tomlin, Charlie getting a decent story line again, Lily Tomlin, the fact that Josh, Donna and Toby just didn’t rent a damn car, Lily Tomlin, Josh screaming into the phone for Sam to wake up, CJ mourning the loss of Mark Harmon, any time President Bartlet spoke…

But what surprised me the most about this episode is how much it relates to our world today. It originally aired in September, 2002 – roughly six years ago. Not too far in the past, but far enough for the resemblances to be sort of striking.

– They are facing an economic crisis, with the Dow plunging over 200 points.
– It’s election season.
– The show opens up with a campaign stop in Indiana, where Josh, Donna and Toby are left behind, and have to interact with farmers and the people of rural America, or, shall we say, Real America.
– Toby and Josh spend most of the episode arguing over what is the best campaign strategy – being elite or playing to the masses.

You could say that Aaron Sorkin was a visionary, or you could say that things never really change, but either way, I was both blown away and touched by the similarities, and how the characters handled their respective situations.

What I was most blown away by was the similarities to fictional president Jed Bartlet and real-life presidential candidate Barack Obama. Particularly in this scene. (Which also had me thinking, how on earth did Martin Sheen lose to James Gandolfini EVERY YEAR?)

Compare his fictional speech to this real one:

It seems like something Aaron Sorkin would write, but it’s reality.

By the end of today, this guy could actually be our president-elect. He could run the country for the next four years. It’s like having the real President Bartlet in office. The dude even has a Charlie!

I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

And if he should lose, at least there is always Aaron Sorkin’s fictional world. (Which, considering it contains Josh Lyman, ain’t too bad.) (OMG, if Obama wins, I hope he gets a Josh Lyman.)

Video of the Day:From the same episode, why Richard Schiff and Aaron Sorkin are awesome.

Obama vs. Gunn: In politics, one day you’re in, and the next day, you’re out

First off, I feel horrible saying this, but it must be done: America, why did you schedule a presidential debate for the same night and same time as the season finale of Project Runway? Do you hate me, America?

Yeah, I know, that’s what DVR is for, but chances are the debate won’t end until 10:30, and I can’t very well wait until Thursday night to watch. After all, I don’t want to be spoiled about who won when I check my entertainment blogs tomorrow.

Then again, I can’t NOT watch the debate…even if Obama and McCain say the same shit they said the last two debates. (God bless Obama, but if I hear about McCain voting with Bush 90% of the the time again, I’m gonna scream.) I can’t not watch because I actually care about the election this year; I want to be informed. Plus, if I don’t watch, then how will I get the jokes on The Daily Show, Colbert and SNL?  But no, really, I’d watch even if those shows weren’t on. It just wouldn’t be as fun. *Sigh* Damn you, election year! I mean, sure, this election is the most important one in my lifetime, but KENLEY MADE IT TO THE FINALS! I have to see her either go down in flames or upset the entire nation by pulling a win. (Either outcome will involve an immature, “I don’t give a fuck” whining attitude, that much I can tell you.)

Speaking of Project Runway, I have a confession to make. I’ve been watching past seasons, and am kind of addicted. Seriously, I can’t stop. This might be the most addicting show I’ve ever watched. And that’s saying a lot.

 I only started watching last year, and hadn’t seen seasons 1-3. This weekend, despite being very busy and not having a lot of time, I somehow managed to watch all of season one and about half of season two. Granted, it was a holiday weekend for me, but still. I am not sure how this happened. I do know it involved lots of late nights. Note to readers: Wendy Pepper is even more evil at 3 a.m.

Postcards from the Runway:

Austin Scarlett, call me. I know we are both into guys. But much like Tim Gunn, I just want you in my life for amusement and fashion advice. Also, you were robbed.

Santino, your Tim Gunn impressions are hilarious, but you suck as a fashion designer. I can’t believe you made it to the final 3! I actually don’t know who won season 2, but I have a sinking feeling it’s you. What the fuck, dude? What the fuck?

Wendy Pepper, You make Santino and Kenley look like angels. I’d take 10,000 of them over you. What happened to you when you were a child? You are, without a doubt, the nastiest, most unpleasant person I’ve ever encountered, in real life or on TV. I never, ever, ever use the C-word to describe people. I think I’ve done it twice in my entire life. But you are, without a doubt, a huge C. I am not surprised your husband dumped you after the show aired. Also? Don’t defend the shoe.

Daniel Franco, You’re weird, but it works on you. Keep it up.

Daniel V., I love you! You’re awesome!  I hope you win season 2.

Michael Kors, I really liked how you were more of a mentor in the earlier seasons, taking the designers to your office, coming to the parties, and really being more of a presence on the show. Why did you stop that? You’re awesome; please be more involved next season.

Barack Obama, please become our next president. If you lose, I will have to leave the US. I’d rather not do that. I like it here.

Video of the Day: Proving once again that Tim Gunn is awesome …

I love you, Tim. Carry on!