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I Have Been Watching The West Wing

It was a tv show that ran for a while and had a great cast of characters. The main character was Martin Sheen who played the President of the United States. I realize that the show is a tv show and there are a lot of fictional elements in it. But they did do a lot of research as well to try to keep some things accurate.

What has struck me about the show is how it promoted a respect for the office of Presidency. It recognized bipartisanship. But it still recognized that no matter what your beliefs are that they should show respect to the office and to our Commander-in-Chief. Whether you or anyone else likes it or not, he is still the Commander-in-Chief.

So many of us are quick to point out what the President should or should not be doing. But do we ever truly think about what he deals with on a daily basis? His life and the lives of his family are in danger daily. He has to try to worry about things not only happening within our country but other countries as well. He has to weigh the consequences of any of his actions to see how damaging they would be to the world. Not exactly an easy job.

It is all well and good to sit back and be a backseat driver in politics. But it is a completely different thing when you are the leader of the Free World and are having every aspect of your life scrutinized. I think that before people condemn him and call him the enemy that maybe they should ask themselves if they could handle all of that pressure? It may sound good in theory, but I think in reality it might not be so great. I think anyone who would take that job is extremely brave, no matter what party they’re affiliated with.

God bless America and hail to the Chief!

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2 thoughts on “I Have Been Watching The West Wing

  1. Amy – I so agree with this. I hate it that we no longer have respect for the highest office in our country – regardless of his or your political party. Hope your spirits are lifting!

    • Thanks, LeeAnn. I am so glad someone else feels this way, too. One quote I heard on the show was so cool was when Martin Sheen/Jed Bartlet says, “I am not just the President of those who like me; I am the President of the United States.” I wish more people would go back and watch that show and get a glimpse into what might really go on. As far as my spirits, I’m trying. I am just missing some people lately. Fall seems to bring it out in me. Hope you are well. 🙂

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