23.9.08

This post is about TV writing (sort of)

Excellent friend and wonderful musician Chris T-T sent me a link to Aaron Sorkin's idea of how a conversation between Obama and Bartlet might go. He's got the Bartlet character down cold, but Obama's voice could use a little work...

Here's a snippet, but go read the whole thing.

OBAMA I don’t mean your marriage, sir. I mean how did you get America on your side?

BARTLET There again, I didn’t have to be president of America, I just had to be president of the people who watched “The West Wing.”

OBAMA That would make it easier.

BARTLET You’d do very well on NBC. Thursday nights in the old “ER” time slot with “30 Rock” as your lead-in, you’d get seven, seven-five in the demo with a 20, 22 share — you’d be selling $450,000 minutes.

OBAMA What the hell does that mean?

BARTLET TV talk. I thought you’d be interested.

OBAMA I’m not. They pivoted off the argument that I was inexperienced to the criticism that I’m — wait for it — the Messiah, who, by the way, was a community organizer. When I speak I try to lead with inspiration and aptitude. How is that a liability?

BARTLET Because the idea of American exceptionalism doesn’t extend to Americans being exceptional. If you excelled academically and are able to casually use 690 SAT words then you might as well have the press shoot video of you giving the finger to the Statue of Liberty while the Dixie Chicks sing the University of the Taliban fight song. The people who want English to be the official language of the United States are uncomfortable with their leaders being fluent in it.

1 comment:

Jill said...

When I read this, I thought Obama was just a place holder... someone to say "Yes", "No" and "Tell me more" so Jed could get to his big rant. I also thought the scene ran a little long.