The fictional world of Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing featured an idyllic view of politics that many of us find lacking in today’s news. President Bartlet always tried to do the right thing, and his moral team of do-gooders all focused on helping the American public.
And it turns out the positivity on The West Wing influenced Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The West Wing Weekly podcast is hosted by Joshua Malina (he played Will Bailey in later seasons of The West Wing) and super-fan Hrishikesh Hirway. Each week the duo dive into an episode of The West Wing to analyze the show and discuss policies with a guest. (Or sometimes they just make an Aaron Sorkin-inspired playlist.)
And sometimes they talk to freaking JUSTIN TRUDEAU, which is exactly what happened on this week’s episode about Season 3’s “Dead Irish Writers.”
Trudeau discussed the influence the show had on him and those around him:
This is totally heartwarming, right?! Right, and it’s nice to hear some positive political chatter. If you’re a fan of The West Wing, make sure to check out The West Wing Weekly. And if you’re a fan of Justin Trudeau, make sure to check out Canada.