|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|
|Anna Deavere Smith as||Dr. Nancy McNally||National Security Advisor|
|James Hong as||David||Chinese Ambassador|
|NiCole Robinson as||Margaret||Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
|James Keane as||Registrar|
|Gregalan Williams as||Robbie Mosley||Military Officer|
|Thomas Kopache as||Assisant Secretary of State||Bob "Bobby" Slatterly|
|Dennis Cockrum as||Military Officer|
|William Duffy as||Larry||Congressional Liaison|
|Peter James Smith as||Ed||Congressional Liaison|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Kris Murphy as||Katie||Witt (last name) / Reporter|
|Timothy Davis-Reed as||Mark||O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter|
|Mindy Seeger as||Chris||Reporter|
|Charles Noland as||Steve||Reporter|
|Lionel D. Carson as||Security Guard||Tommy|
|Rick Cramer as||Officer|
|Matthew Yang King as||Staffer|
|Jeff Mooring as||Phil||Reporter|
|Dan Sachoff as||Reporter||Todd Hawthorne|
|Teddy Lane Jr. as||Agent|
|J.P. Hubbell as||Agent|
|Jack Choy as||Civilian|
In [this] episode ... Toby Ziegler--Bartlet's communications director, and the conscience of Sorkin's White House--"is going to continue his conversation with the President, 'Your father hated your guts because you were smarter than he was. In fact, he hit you because of it, and as a result you are scared to get people mad at you with your brains. You don't want to lose as the smartest kid in class who's running against an everyman. But I'm telling you, be the smartest kid in your class. Be the reason why your father hated you. Make this an election about smart and stupid, about engaged and not, qualified and not.'" - Aaron Sorkin
"WEST WING WATCH: SNOOKERED BY BUSH"
by Tad Friend
March 4, 2002
The New Yorker
AS "The West Wing" gears up for a re-election battle next season, the show's creator is preparing fictional President Bartlet to run against a character that sounds an awful lot like President George Bush.
"I want to have two characters in which I can dramatize that conflict [between] the know-it-all and the guy without gravitas who somehow relates to the everyman," says creator Aaron Sorkin.
"Isn't That George W. in 'West Wing' Plot?"
April 24, 2002
New York Post
"I won't pretend that I don't know who Bush is," says [Aaron] Sorkin, "but I was interested in writing about a demonization of intellect. Which didn't start with Bush-Gore -- it didn't even start with Eisenhower-Stevenson. It's peculiarly American: Being tagged as the smartest kid in your class turns into both a sense of arrogance and a sense of weakness -- that an 'egghead' [can't] see us through a world war."
"How the 'West' Was Undone"
by Ken Tucker
November 8, 2002
Q: Characters on The West Wing are always playing elaborate practical jokes on each other. Is that something that happens on the set, too?
A: Yeah, it definitely does. I'm usually the instigator, and it's usually something sophomoric involving some sort of ointment on someone's trailer door. We did have a really good one on Valentine's Day, though. Janel [Maloney, who plays Donna on the show] and I swiped some of Bradley Whitford's [who portrays Deputy Chief of Staff, Josh Lyman] personal stationery, and then ordered a gigantic bouquet of flowers to be delivered to Jimmy Smits's trailer. We included a note on the stationery that read "Every day on the set with you is a joy. Be My Valentine – Brad."
Q: Did Bradley find out what you had done?
A: No, but I think he was pretty surprised when Jimmy came up and gave him a big kiss on the set the next day.
"A West Wing-er's Washington"
by Monica Hesse
About those Valentine flowers ... : Call Smits a sap, but he thought Whitford was being genuine, albeit a little "intimate." He wasn't clued in for nine months. "I think that's what really got me hot under the collar," Smits says. "We're all working together and it takes nine months to admit it? But they were great flowers."
May 14, 2006