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I’m a serious West Wing fan. I love it because it not only gives me a little insight into what is obviously a totally accurate depiction of what life is like working in the White House (right?) but it also makes me think. Take this scene from season 3 as an example:

Josh Lyman, the Deputy White House Chief, is stuck in the White House cafeteria with a group of high school students while the White House is under emergency lockdown. Since the students have been promised the opportunity to speak to influential people in D.C. during their visit, Lyman lets them ask him any questions they want. One student asks him, “Why are Muslims out to kill us?” Josh Lyman challenges the student’s statement with the following:

“Islamic Extremist is to Islam as the Ku Klux Klan is to Christianity.” [excerpt]


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