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Obama’s West Wing takes shape

Imagine The West Wing was remade for the Obama era. Who would the main characters be based on?

By James Crabtree  

Washington Watch

Imagine The West Wing was remade for the Obama era. Who would the main characters be based on? Leo McGarry, it seems, would be Congressman Rahm Emanuel, a politician and former political fixer pegged to be Obama’s Chief of Staff.

Emanuel is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, he comes from one of those accomplished families – like the Powells in the UK – whose every sibling seems off-puttingly gifted. Emanuel’s brother, Ari, is a famous LA talent agent, and the inspiration behind a character, also called Ari, on the HBO series Entourage. His other brother, Ezekiel, is merely…

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