I was a huge fan of ‘The West Wing’. To this day, it remains my favorite TV show, and this is coming from a guy who’s television diet consists primarily of sports and politics, rarely of network primetime dramas and sitcoms.

Did the show skew to the left? Absolutely. Is creator Aaron Sorkin a bit of a nut job? No doubt.

But ‘Wing’ and Sorkin brought the drama of White House politics to us in a way that had never before been experienced. The show was smart, funny and a lot of vets of the real West Wing praised it as pretty darn close to the real thing, with a little creative license thrown in for dramatic effect.

A colleague of mine sent me a piece from Maureen Dowd at the Times that portrays what a fictional meeting between Barack Obama and ‘West Wing’ President Jed Bartlet could look like, and it apparently comes from the pen of Aaron Sorkin.

As I said, Sorkin is quite to the left, and the fictional Presidential Bartlet is a Democrat, but man, there is some funny stuff in there. Here’s how it begins:

BARACK OBAMA knocks on the front door of a 300-year-old New Hampshire farmhouse while his Secret Service detail waits in the driveway. The door opens and OBAMA is standing face to face with former President JED BARTLET.

BARTLET Senator.

OBAMA Mr. President.

BARTLET You seem startled.

OBAMA I didn’t expect you to answer the door yourself.

BARTLET I didn’t expect you to be getting beat by John McCain and a Lancôme rep who thinks “The Flintstones” was based on a true story, so let’s call it even.

Check out the article for the rest of a pretty entertaining (if biased) read.

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