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Barack Obama = Matt Santos

It seems similarities between Barack Obama and Matt Santos (the character played by Jimmy Smitts on The West Wing) are not coincidental.

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The writers say the character was based on Obama, then a relatively unknown senatorial candidate, but it now seems to be Obama who is following in the footsteps of the fictional presidential candidate. Like Obama, Santos was a young charismatic politician from an ethnic minority aiming to rise above race, up against a not-so-conservative Republican. Only time will tell how reality measures up to the show's utopian vision of America.

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