Matt Santos: Change We Can Believe In.

(photo courtesy NBC)

I used to be a pretty big fan of The West Wing, hokey as it could be. And ever since Barack Obama announced his run, I kept thinking of how similar he seemed to Matt Santos, the fictional Democratic congressman played by Jimmy Smits who was running for president.

At the Democratic National Convention in the final season, he asks the delegates in attendance in a rousing, lofty speech to forego petty partisanship in favor of national unity .

Turns out those similarities were very much on purpose, because the West Wing’s creators had based Santos on Obama.

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2 thoughts on “Matt Santos: Change We Can Believe In.

  1. GVG March 2, 2008 at 6:01 pm Reply

    I miss the west wing. 😦

  2. Jed Bartlett and Obama. « PostBourgie September 26, 2008 at 3:52 pm Reply

    […] it’s worth noting, was the basis for Congressman Matt Santos, who became the president at the end of the show, and some of the people involved in his creation […]

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