The West Wing’s Leo McGarry Explains Addiction Better Than Anything on TV

The West Wing will always go down as one of the best written drama series in the history of television.  The Aaron Sorkin scripted show was and is still the best political drama the world has ever seen.  But it was so much more than just a show about politics and the White House.  The show touched on nearly every major issue in society but did it in a way that was real, authentic, and with a great impact.  One of the show’s central characters is Leo McGarry who was played by John Spencer, a part he won an Emmy for in 2002.

Leo McGarry was the former United States Secretary of Labor, former White House Chief of Staff, Senior Counselor to Democratic President Josiah Bartlet, Democratic Vice Presidential nominee for the 2006 election, and, posthumously, the Vice President-Elect of the United States.

But I’d like to take you back to a scene from the very first season of West Wing in which Leo invites a young girl into his office to discuss an issue that many of us face: addiction.  This particular scene revolves around substance abuse.  If you watch closely you’ll find it’s one of the most captivating scenes that gives one of the most accurate interpretations of the true nature of addicts and addiction itself.  Check it out below:

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