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Date Posted: 04:13:08 05/05/02 Sun
Author: Cari
Subject: The West Wing

I'm not going to summarize the whole show, but there was one storyline that I found fascinating and I wondered if it touched others as well.

The president's assistent Charlie gets an unual letter in the mail. It turns out to be a letter lost at a building that is now being torn down. Someone found it, put the right postage on it and forwarded it. The letter was written by a man who, as a nine year old, had written to President Roosevelt.

Charlie spends most of the program trying to figure out the story behind the letter and when he does he brings the man, now gray-haired, to meet the President. Oddly, the man is most taken with Charlie and his genuine kindness and efforts in his behalf.

Played against this is the fact that this man had written his letter after seeing Roosevelt give a speech to newly unionized mill workers. In this speech Roosevelt spoke to the workers about how sometimes the solution to economic problems was not as simple as a big tax cut, but rather needed some judiciously planned government spending in order to re-stimulate the economy and the growth of industry. This was a speech, whose words proved to be true for the resolution of the depression, and Pres. Bartlett wanted to refer to it in a speech he was about to give.

Does this theory sound familiar to anyone?


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