|Rob Lowe as||Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn||Deputy Communications Director|
|Dulé Hill as||Charlie (Charles) Young||Personal Aide to the President|
|Allison Janney as||C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg||Press Secretary|
|Janel Moloney as||Donna (Donnatella) Moss||Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff|
|Richard Schiff as||Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler||Communications Director|
|John Spencer as||Leo Thomas McGarry||Chief of Staff|
|Bradley Whitford as||Josh (Joshua) Lyman||Deputy Chief of Staff|
Martin Sheen as
|Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet||President of the United States|
|Special Guest Stars|
|Stockard Channing as||Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D.||First Lady|
|Oliver Platt as||Oliver Babish||White House Counsel|
Marlee Matlin as
|Joey (Josephine) Lucas||Pollster|
|Lee Wilkof as||Martin Connelly||Assistant Attorney General|
|NiCole Robinson as||Margaret||Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
|Rosalind Chao as||Jane Gentry|
|Spencer Garrett as||Richard Will|
|Douglas Roberts as||Congressional Aide #1||Henry|
|Lucia Vincent as||Congressional Aide #3||Helen|
|William Duffy as||Larry||Congressional Liaison|
|Peter James Smith as||Ed||Congressional Liaison|
|Debbie Ann Thomas as||Speechwriter|
|Barry Livingston as||Speechwriter #2|
|Emiko Parise as||Abbey's Aide #1||Carrie|
|Julie A. Koehnen as||Abbey's Aide #2|
|Ariel Felix as||Bobby|
|Shannon Nelson as||Staffer #2|
|Jon Wolfe Nelson as||Dale Bracket||Sign Language Interpreter|
|Katie Rimmer as||Waitress|
|Lenore Foster as||Staffer|
CARLSON: At least. OK, time for our "Spins Of The Day." Mine comes from a recent issue of "Newsweek," where it's reported that the Congressional Progressive Caucus, attempting to get more play, more attention for its $300 every-American tax rebate, that Bernie Sanders talked on this program, approached the producers of the "West Wing," Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California approached the executive producer and said, "Hey, I have an idea. Why don't you mention us and our idea on the show?" Well, it turns out an upcoming episode will mention the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
This strikes me not as a political argument, but as propaganda.
PRESS: I think it just strikes me as good salesman ship.
CARLSON: Of course not. When I sit down to watch "The West Wing" -- not that I do -- I expect to be entertained, not to have subliminal messages about taxes.
PRESS: All I'm saying is she got it mentioned on national television. Good for her.
"Ralph Nader Discusses the Bush Administration's Environmental Record"
April 5, 2001
CNN The Spin Room Transcript
How to get attention for your languishing tax-cut plan? Try slipping it into a "West Wing" episode. That's what the Congressional Progressive Caucus did when its American People's Dividend proposal, a $300 rebate for all working Americans, failed to gain traction in the House and Senate - or in the media. At a strategy dinner about a month ago, California Rep. Barbara Lee suggested that the hit show's executive producer, Lawrence O'Donnell, a former staff director of the Senate Finance Committee, might find the plan interesting. Lee called O'Donnell, and what do you know: in an upcoming scene the progressives get a nod, says a "West Wing" spokeswoman.
"Just Winging It"
April 9, 2001
Laura Glasser coming to me with, ... "Man made objects fall out of the sky at a rate of one per week, do you think there's anything you can do with that?" - Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin
Posted at mightybigtv.com Forum
by Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin
July 22, 2001
"I never have a lot of medical terminology. They learned that about the first or second year of 'West Wing.' I'm hopeless at it. They just let me go with other stuff. On take 10, they said, 'This is the end of this. This is clearly not her forte.' I don't see how they do it on 'ER.'" - Stockard Channing
"Channing Returns for More 'Practice'"
by Kate O'Hare
March 22, 2006