Myanmar Learns Democracy ... From West Wing?

Generals turn to US show for tips

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 20, 2012 12:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton yesterday recounted a bizarre conversation with a Myanmar official on her recent trip there, notes the AP:

  • He "said to me, 'Help us learn how to be a democratic congress, a Parliament. He went on to tell me that they were trying to teach themselves by watching old segments of the West Wing." Clinton responded, "I think we can do better than that, Mr. Speaker."

If the quote has you hankering for the show again, the Washington Post notes that the old gang reunited to make a political ad for the sister of cast member Mary McCormack. She's seeking a seat on Michigan's state supreme court.

Actors from The West Wing, from left,  Richard Schiff, Martin Sheen, and Bradley Whitford prepare to speak on Capitol Hill in 2009.
Actors from "The West Wing," from left, Richard Schiff, Martin Sheen, and Bradley Whitford prepare to speak on Capitol Hill in 2009.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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It's a 'West Wing' reunion of sorts. The cast made a political ad for Mary McCormack's sister.   (YouTube)

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