Topic: "Imitation of Life" (5)
Edward James Olmos played a SCOTUS nominee, Hispanic no less. Jimmy Smits played a one-term minority Congressman who runs for POTUS. Alan Alda, the major opponent for the POTUS position, accepts the invitation to serve as Secretary of State in the new administration. Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Bradley Whitford, John Spencer all appear as characters who bear resemblances to Rahm Emanuel and Joe Biden, among others in the world as we now know it, dear reader. The confluence of a fictional West Wing, and the adventures of a cheeseburger-eating community organizer raised in Hawaii bring new consideration to Frodo's belief that it is life, not art, which is the imitator.
Several episodic creations of the fiction dealt with events surrounding the kidnapping of one of President Josiah Bartlett's daughters. Several others dealt with an attempted assassination. Unauthorized disclosure of state secrets brought the wrath of the President down on one of his most loyal staffers. Frodo also readily recalls problems with the Vice President, trips into the heartland to confront the issue of ethanol as an alternative energy source, and a guy named Toby who arranged a military funeral for a homeless ex-Marine. Admittedly, not all fiction, as these instances illustrate, results in factual life events on our small, blue planet, but it is extremely difficult to ignore circumstances which do follow upon the dreams.
Frodo embarked upon his quest to destroy the Ring because of what had been written by Lord Tolkien. The creation, if that is indeed a proper term, was based upon a work that many felt was descriptive of Hitler's rise to power. Lord Tolkien disputed that opinion, and Frodo subsequently interpreted what he had read to correspond neatly with the "books" of the Bible, and the disciples, and the return of the king, et al. Aaron Sorkin's characters, and those who followed in real life, are just as vivid. Perhaps it was this drama which inspired some to work so hard to bring change to our own Middle Earth. In any event, Frodo is very, very grateful that, at least for one shining moment, Camelot.