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Both will appear in a special broadcast of “The West Wing”, the program that until 2006 portrayed life in the White House in fiction.

Former US President Bill Clinton (1993-2001), and former First Lady Michelle Obama (2009-2017), will join the long awaited and nostalgic return of the program The West Wing (The West Wing) to encourage voting in the face of the US presidential elections November 3.

“I want to ask each and every one of you to vote as soon as you can, in person or by mail,” asked Michelle Obama, one of the most charismatic figures among Democrats.

“Just vote. And don’t stop there. Contact everyone you know to make sure they are registered and have made a plan to cast their votes because every vote will make a difference in these elections“he added.

For his part, Clinton criticized that in some parts of the country great obstacles are placed (suppression of tables, hours of waiting at the ballot box, removal of voting machines …) so that citizens can exercise their right in places where early voting was enabled.

“If your vote doesn’t really matter, why are people working so hard to make sure you don’t vote? Because it does matter: there is real power in your vote“, he defended.

“The West Wing”, one of the most prestigious series in the history of television, which portrayed – in a fiction very close to reality – the backstage of the White House, returned this Thursday with its entire cast in “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote “, a special on the HBO Max platform to promote participation in the US elections.

The actors Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff and Bradley Whitford repeated their characters in this unique return to the series that consisted of a dramatized version of the episode “Hartsfield’s Landing”, belonging to its third season.

Leo McGarry, the charismatic character of the late actor John Spencer, was played by Sterling K. Brown.

Aaron Sorkin, the creator of “The West Wing”, was in charge of this special that combined the theatrical version of the episode with short black and white interludes of the “how it was made” and short messages on camera from the actors to answer questions about how to vote and clarify some concepts about the elections.

The return of the program also featured some non-series guests such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Samuel L. Jackson or the group The Avett Brothers.

“The West Wing” collaborated on this initiative with When We All Vote (“when we all vote”), a nonpartisan charity co-chaired by Michelle Obama.

The special was shot at the emblematic Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles (USA) without spectators, with minimalist decors and the stage practically empty, and following all the safety regulations for the coronavirus.

Those responsible for HBO Max on Twitter clarified that A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (A West Wing benefit special when we all vote) is only available for now in the United States, since it is an exclusive content of this digital platform that, for the moment, works only in this country.

With seven acclaimed seasons and 155 episodes, the award-winning “The West Wing” offered a passionate and captivating look at the White House and decision-making in the most powerful country in the world.

With President Bartlet (Sheen) at the helm, the series told the story of his fearless and dedicated team, always engulfed in brilliant dialogue and perfect replicas, which represented, probably, not what politics is like in real life but how it should be in an ideal plane.

Source: EFE

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