Friday, December 16, 2005

A farewell to Leo

Leo McGarry was the chief of staff that every politican would choose and the role of the alcoholic, former fighter pilot was brought to life in the West Wing by John Spencer, who has died of a heart attack at 58. He too was a recovering alcoholic and had a long career as an actor, typically playing a cop, but it was the role of Leo that brought him to world attention and he was utterly believable as Bartlet's friend and advisor.

When the President makes his State of the Union speech, a member of the cabinet remains in a secure location as 'the designated survivor' to protect the presidential succession - just in case anything happens. President Bartlet gives him this advice...

Bartlet: Roger, If anything happens, you know what to do, right?
Roger: I honestly hadn't thought about it, sir.
Bartlet: First thing always is national security. Get your commanders together. Appoint Joint Chiefs, appoint a chairman. Take us to defcon 4. Have the governors send emergency delegates to Washington. The assistant Attorney General is going to be the Acting A.G. You got a best friend?
Roger: Yes, sir.
Bartlet: Is he smarter than you?
Roger: Yes, sir.
Bartlet: Would you trust him with your life?
Roger: Yes, sir.
Bartlet: That's your chief of staff.

Thanks for the role, John.

1 comment:

Bob Piper said...

I'm not religous but, if there's a God, he's just got himself a Chief of Staff.