“Game On”

January 18, 2017

BW photograph of a closer view of an outdoor chess board's pieces-emphasis on the white king.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

In Season Four, Episode Six of The West Wing, President Bartlett’s staff exhorts him to do well in the presidential debate by using the phrase “Game On”, which is also the title of the episode.  This coming Friday is Inauguration Day in the United States-a day when the president-elect officially becomes the Commander-in-Chief.  In that sense, it most certainly becomes “game on” for the incoming administration.

BW photograph of an outdoor chess board's pieces.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Many moves have already been made in this “game” as it began with the 2016 campaign and election season.  Many cabinet appointees have had their hearings before congressional committees and more of those are to come.  The tweets have been flowing.

And, of course, this is not a game, nor is it a television show.

Given the ease of using Netflix, it is possible to binge watch The West Wing, which originally aired from 1999 to 2006.  What is fascinating to see is just how many of the political, social, cultural, and environmental issues addressed in the show remain relevant, if not headline-generating, today.  It is just as interesting to watch how the fictional President Bartlett and his staff navigate those issues.

The president-elect and his staff will have the opportunity to do so in real time.

Take care.

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