Bartlet For America

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TV’s favorite White House Press Secretary was back at the White House podium Friday when Allison Janney made a surprise appearance.

Janney, who starred as C.J. Cregg for seven seasons on The West Wing, shocked the press core when she walked into the Press Briefing Room instead of current Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Janney said that Earnest was having a root canal, a callback to an episode in the first season of The West Wing, in which C.J. had a root canal that led to a disastrous press conference conducted by Josh (Bradley Whitford).

Earnest did show up to reveal that the Mom star was there to discuss the opioid epidemic and to support those who help people dealing with substance abuse. Janney, whose character on Mom is a recovering addict, honored the White House Champions of Change, a group of individuals who are recognized for their work with substance abuse issues.

Janney did take one question when a reporter asked who President Bartlett (Martin Sheen) was supporting for the Democratic nomination. In typical C.J. fashion she replied, “I think you know the answer to that question.”

I’m actually not sure that we do know the answer to that question.

In fact, I think that Jed Bartlet’s take on the current field (on both the Democratic and Republican sides) would be more like his future chief of staff Leo McGarry’s attitude was when trying to persuade a reluctant Bartlet to run:

Leo McGarry: Because I’m tired of it – year after year after year after year having to choose between the lesser of who cares. Of trying to get myself excited about a candidate who can speak in complete sentences. Of setting the bar so low, I can hardly bear to look at it. They say a good man can’t get elected President. I don’t believe that. Do you?

Jed Bartlet: And you think I’m that man?

Leo: Yes!

Bartlet: Doesn’t it matter that I’m not as sure?

Leo McGarry: Nah. “Act as if ye have faith and faith shall be given to you.” Put another way: Fake it ’til you make it!

 

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