Meet TV’s Newest Vice President From HBO’s “Veep”

The White House isn’t exactly known for its humor, but Vice Presidents Selina Meyer and her staff from HBO’s Veep are here to take things a little less seriously. Meet some of the staff and then tune into Veep, Sundays at 10pm on HBO. posted on

1. Selina Meyer, Vice President of the United States

In the past the role of the Vice President has been a somewhat symbolic one. This Vice President aims to change all that. Her many passions include the environment, jobs and much-needed Senate reform. But despite these grand ambitions, or perhaps because of them, Selina Meyer remains very much a people person. Her mantra is “politics is about people” and she hopes to bring people closer to politics and politics closer to people. She’s even given herself an informal nickname – Veep – to underline her approachability. She hopes it catches on! As she says, “I’d like to be remembered as the People’s Vice President.”

2. Dan Egan, Deputy Assistant to the Vice President and Deputy Director of Communications

The most recent addition to the administration, Dan describes himself as, “a dynamic team player who loves a challenge.” He enjoys working with Mike and says, “getting to study him at close quarters is a revelation,” adding, “he is literally SO easy to learn from.” At the moment his core focus is new media but he imagines the role “will very rapidly expand beyond that narrow remit to encompass many other new and exciting horizons.” He believes his extensive contacts and supreme networking skills will pay dividends in the near future. “Without wishing to sound boastful, I’m the Vice President’s secret weapon.”

3. Gary Walsh, Personal Aide to the Vice President

Gary, like Mike McLintock, is another long-time loyal associate of Selina Meyer’s and has been her assistant now for “a lot of years.” Informally known as the “Body Man,” Gary goes wherever the Vice President goes and carries everything she could ever need – newspapers, magazines, make-up, hairspray, and sweeteners. Gary plays a “vital role” in the Vice President’s day to day life. “What you see is the swan, what I’m carrying is her two big, very busy webbed legs and feet.”

4. Jonah Ryan, Deputy Assistant to the Vice President

Jonah is, in a way, an honorary member of the Veep’s team – although, as he is keen to point out, he actually works for The White House. One of his many roles is to act as a kind of liaison between the Whitehouse and the Vice President’s office, shuttling messages back and forth. As Amy puts it: “You always know when Jonah’s in the office - he totally changes the atmosphere. He just hits the place like a tornado.” Jonah says, “I’m a conduit between the President and the Vice President and it’s tremendously exciting for me to have been given such a vital role at such a young age. When I stop to think about it, it literally blows my mind. I think pretty much everyone in DC must be jealous of me. But I’m trying not to get too big-headed about my success. I’m just working hard, doing my thing for the President.” He describes himself as, “the go-to guy for all things White House.”

If you want to learn more about Vice President Selina Meyer’s administration, then check out Veep, premiering on Sunday, April 22 at 10pm, only on HBO.

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