Diary: Reality TV: ’West Wing’ cast invades the White House

The West Wing’s Allison Janney isn’t the White House press secretary - she just plays one on TV. That is, until Joe Lockhart invited Janney and a handful of other West Wing-ers to spend a day watching their real-life counterparts go about their business.

The West Wing’s Allison Janney isn’t the White House press secretary - she just plays one on TV. That is, until Joe Lockhart invited Janney and a handful of other West Wing-ers to spend a day watching their real-life counterparts go about their business.

The West Wing’s Allison Janney isn’t the White House press

secretary - she just plays one on TV. That is, until Joe Lockhart

invited Janney and a handful of other West Wing-ers to spend a day

watching their real-life counterparts go about their business.



It was obviously a pretty slow day in DC when the cast was visiting, as

Lockhart allowed Janney to run his daily press briefing. Looking

confident and dressed to the nines, Janney approached the podium with,

uh, the confidence of an actress who knows her lines.



When asked why West Wing staffers are so often depicted running through

the White House halls, Janney responded, ’I have not spoken to the

president about that but I will get back to you on that.’ Another scribe

followed up with ’Is he (the president) up yet?’ to which Janney

answered, ’I believe he is up, yes.’



Alas, the reporters proved relentless. ’Is he doing any work?’ one

queried, prompting Janney’s answer, ’Is he doing any work? I have no

comment.’ ’Or is he wandering through the halls?’ countered the

reporter. ’He’s taking care of the hallway situation,’ Janney

clarified.



The verdict? Don’t quit your day job, Allison. There are few enough good

dramas on TV as it is.



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