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18 "The West Wing" Moments That Will Give You Hope

Because there's no such thing as watching just one clip from The West Wing.

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1. When Leo told Josh about the guy in the hole, after Josh was diagnosed with PTSD.

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2. When President Bartlet helped Donna thank her favorite teacher.

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3. When Bartlet spoke of everyday heroes who "ran into the fire" after pipe bomb explosions killed and wounded dozens of people at a college swim meet.

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4. When the entire staff rallied to help a senator — whose grandson was autistic — filibuster so he could to bring more attention to autism.

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And Donna learned you don't need to raise your hand in the Oval Office.

5. When Bartlet tells Sam he'll run for president one day.

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6. When Charlie met Bartlet for the first time.

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7. When Bartlet gave Charlie a very special knife.

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8. When Mrs. Landingham gave Bartlet a piece of her mind, twice.

Yes, the second time was as a figment of Bartlet's imagination, but it was still damn effective.
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Yes, the second time was as a figment of Bartlet's imagination, but it was still damn effective.

9. When Bartlet hired Will.

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10. When Bartlet met with a Chinese evangelical Christian who had fled persecution, in order to be certain that his oppression was genuine.

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11. When Leo helped break Bartlet from a months-long rut of making safe and cautious decisions that never change anything.

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12. When Santos successfully fielded a question about teaching evolution and intelligent design in public schools without patronizing anyone.

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13. When Santos managed to talk about the shooting of a black child by a Latino police officer in a way that touched on everyone's grief, rage, and need for compassion.

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14. When Vinick refused to leverage his faith for political gain…

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…and he’s a Republican.

15. When Toby took the time to relish hearing the vote from a high school social studies teacher (who assumed his late wife's congressional seat).

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16. When, during a government shut down, President Bartlet and Josh decide the best way to get things done is to literally walk to Congress.

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17. When Josh, Toby, C.J., Sam, and Donna marvel at the resilience of the American democratic experiment.

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18. And that time C.J. did "The Jackal."

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Because it's C.J. doing the Jackal.

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