Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

The Real West Wing?

If they made a hit TV show about the working White House of the new administration, this is what it would look like–with more “characters” to be named (and lots of guest shots from Cabinet members, no doubt).

Who are these people?

David Axelrod (b. 1955, A.B. University of Chicago, 1977), the genius who ran Obama’s campaign, is now White House Senior Advisor.

Joseph Biden (b. 1942, A.B., University of Delaware; J.D., Syracuse University School of Law), Democratic Senator from Delaware and former presidential candidate will be sworn in tomorrow as Vice President of the United States.

Rahm Emmanuel (b. 1959, B.A. [in DANCE!] Sara Lawrence College; M.A. in Speech and Communication, Northwestern University), U.S. Rep. (D-IL 05), former chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, former Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives, will now be White House Chief of Staff. (This is a very powerful position.)

Robert Gibbs (b. 1971, B.A., North Carolina State University), was communications director for the Obama Campaign and will now be White House Press Secretary.

Valerie Jarrett  (b. 1956, B.A., Stanford University; J.D., University of Michigan Law School), a Chicago lawyer, business woman and longtime Obama confidant, is co-chair of the transition team and will be White House Senior Advisor.

Jim Messina (b. 1969, B.A., University of Montana) has worked on numerous political staffs and campaigns. He will be Deputy Chief of Staff in the White House.

Ellen Moran (b.? B.A., Wheaton College) is currently Executive Director of EMILY’s LIST, an organization dedicated to electing more feminist Democratic women at all levels of government. She will be White House Communications Director.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (b. 1964, B.A., Princeton University; J.D., Harvard Law School), successful Chicago lawyer and community activist, mother of two, is, of course, our new First Lady.

Mona Sutphen (b. 1968, B.A. in International Relations from Mount Holyoke University; M.Sc. in international community from London School of Economics) is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and worked in the Clinton administration. She is currently a consultant for a firm on international business. She will be Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Foreign Affairs.

Barack Hussein Obama II (b. 1961, B.A. in international relations, Columbia University; J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, president of the Harvard Law Review) has been a community organizer, state senator for Illinois, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School, U.S. Senator from Illinois and will now be President of the United States of America.

Not a bad cast for a first season at all! 🙂

January 19, 2009 - Posted by | U.S. politics


  1. One hopes that BHO and his cast will have the ability and the wisdom to lead our nation forward to better times.Talent has existed in all administrations, but wisdom,honesty and good common sense have been in short supply recently. Obama has a difficult task ahead. I pray that the Lord guides him.

    Comment by Paul | January 20, 2009

  2. Yes, & that he finds ways to keep from being caught up in the “presidential bubble” that acts like an echo chamber and insulates too many presidents from unwelcome (but needed) perspectives.

    However, I just posted this as a bit of whimsey and fun. After today’s wonderful celebration, I’ll have more critical, “feet to the fire” posts.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | January 20, 2009

  3. Didn’t Jim Messina sing with Kenny Loggins?

    Comment by Bob Cornwall | January 20, 2009

  4. Yeah, Bob. In fact, if you enter “Jim Messina” on Wikipedia, you’ll get asked for a choice between singer and political advisor. 🙂

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | January 20, 2009

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