Psaki suggests binge-observing ‘The West Wing’ brought her back again to politics

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White Household press secretary Jen Psaki suggests binge-looking at “The West Wing” assisted encourage her to get again into politics.

Psaki started watching the award-successful Television drama right after leaving the Obama White Home in 2011, sensation exhausted, she remarked in the course of an visual appeal past week on actor Rob Lowe’s “Basically!” podcast. 

“I am working at this consulting company and I started off seeing ‘The West Wing.’ And I really don’t know what prompted me to look at it, but I watched, I binged, the whole point,” Psaki stated.


U.S. White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., Dec. 20, 2021.

U.S. White Home press secretary Jen Psaki speaks throughout a push briefing at the White Residence in Washington, U.S., Dec. 20, 2021.
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“In a crazy way, it really introduced me back again to occur again to politics and I finished up coming again and doing the 2012 campaign, and traveling with then-President Obama on his reelection,” Psaki extra. “So I was fundamentally long gone for like 6 months, and then I imagined to myself, ‘I’ve acquired to go back, I have got to go again.'”

In the Television series, which finished in 2006, Rob Lowe, 57, played fictional Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn. 

WEST WING -- SEASON 1 -- Pictured: Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn -- Photo by: Steve Schapiro/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

WEST WING — Period 1 — Pictured: Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn — Image by: Steve Schapiro/NBC/NBCU Photograph Financial institution

Psaki, 43, first started as deputy White Dwelling press secretary under Obama and was later on elevated to the purpose that the character of Seaborn held in the collection.

Psaki remarked that Lowe’s character of Seaborn was inspiring mainly because of the character’s idealism in the display, which she called “the most effective of [what] Washington is.”

THE WEST WING -- SEASON 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Stockard Channing as Abbey Bartlet, Janel Moloney as Donna Moss, Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn, Martin Sheen as President Josiah

THE WEST WING — Time 3 — Pictured: (l-r) Stockard Channing as Abbey Bartlet, Janel Moloney as Donna Moss, Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn, Martin Sheen as President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet, John Spencer as Leo McGarry, Dule Hill as Charlie Hill, Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman, Allison Janney as Claudia Jean ‘C.J.’ Cregg, Richard Schiff as Toby Ziegler — Image by: James Sorensen/NBCU Photograph Lender

“So in other words when you are up there getting grilled by [WHD News White House correspondent] Peter Doocy, you are imagining, ‘goddamn Rob Lowe’s the one who put me up right here. Aaron Sorkin [the show’s creator], and Rob Lowe and “‘The West Wing,'” said Lowe. 

“All your fault,” replied Psaki. 


On Jan. 20, 2021, Psaki produced her debut in the White Residence Briefing Place as President Biden’s push secretary. 

“I under no circumstances believed I’d be back again in the White Household,” Psaki informed Lowe during the podcast. “And now I get to do the job with all of these people today who are a part of the push workforce or are earlier in their profession than I am, in their 20s or early 30s, who have that idealism that is like bursting out of their pores that will make you want to be below every working day.”

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“There’s tons of Sam Seaborns wandering all over listed here,” she extra. 

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