Rahm Emanuel vs. Josh Lyman

By Caitlin Taylor

Mar 31, 2009 1:33pm

ABC News’ Teri Finneman reports:

Who do you think is the better chief of staff: Rahm Emanuel or Josh Lyman?

The fictional Bartlet administration was on the Hill today with “The West Wing” stars Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford and Richard Schiff promoting the Employee Free Choice Act.

For those more in tune with their TV names, that would be President Bartlet, Josh Lyman and Toby Ziegler.

All three stars jokingly drew on their fictional administration roles during the event to unveil a new ad and grass-roots campaign for the “card check” bill.

“On behalf of the acting president of the United States, thank you all for being here,” Whitford said to laughter. “By the way, I’m his, his Rahm.”

“If you want to talk to him (Sheen), you talk to me first. But I was on a network White House, so I can’t swear,” Whitford quipped about the real chief of staff’s well-known use of profanity.

Granted, Josh Lyman was actually Bartlet’s DEPUTY chief of staff, so a better comparison would be to say, Jim Messina, but now that wouldn’t be as funny, would it?

Schiff also took his turn making cracks.

“Thank you, Rahm,” he said to Whitford, who introduced him.

After Whitford and Schiff’s strong push for the bill, real politicians Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., arrived to defend the legislation before Sheen could speak.

The fictional president waited his turn until Whitford announced “the awkward segway back to fake politician.”

We shall see if the Bartlet administration’s support for the controversial union-backed legislation makes a difference.

– ABC News’ Teri Finneman

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