Monday, December 17, 2018

My Daily Quarrel with Life: Monday, December 17: Leo McGarry

Who? That's what I thought, as I read more stories about the so-called president's so-called search for a new chief of staff, after he has cycled through and ruined the careers of his previous chiefs of staff (not "chief of staffs," you oval office tweeter).

One article mentioned the name Leo McGarry as a model chief of staff. Hmmm, that sounded familiar, although I didn't remember an actual chief of staff by that name, so I Googled "Leo McGarry":

This is a FICTITIOUS CHARACTER on a TV SERIES. So that's why the name sounded so familiar. But this FICTITIOUS CHARACTER has his own Wikipedia page! Check it out.

I feel like I'm living in some Twilight Zone, where a FICTITIOUS CHARACTER has a whole biography and info about his career, with comments from real-life chiefs of staff, such as this, from Leon Panetta: "Any administration that would have Leo McGarry as chief of staff would be very, very fortunate." I totally agree. Because, Hello, Leon Panetta and Wikipedia, he is a FICTITIOUS CHARACTER.

Here is the character, played by John Spencer, in "The West Wing."

Leo McGarry.jpg

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