I remember seeing "Heaven Can Wait" back in 1978. At that time, I was a Rams fan who had been frustrted year in and year out with plaoff losses. losing 3 NFC championships in the past 5 years, and 2 other first rounders. The fact that the Rams got there and won in this movie (besides it being a really fun story) kept this movie near and dear to my heart (it was also the very first movie I saw on my very first VCR a couple of years later.)
The West Wing is kinda like that for me now. With the Bush crew in the whitehouse, the show makes me yearn for the articulate and the profound coming from the mouths of the leaders. I've always liked the Martin Sheen aura, and it's no coincidence that he plays well as a political leader, since he also had roles as Jack Kennedy in the TV miniseries "Kennedy" that aired in 1983, and as Bobby Kennedy in "The Missiles of October" (William Devane played Jack in that one). He also played a crazed politician with a desire to "push the button" in "The Dead Zone"). I really like him in the Jed Bartlett role, and the idealism we get to see not only in him, but in the other characters... like last week when Toby and Josh listened to a father talk about sending his daughter to college and how difficult it is......I read on the TV Guide site's West Wing Guide that they come away from that conversation from last week to tonight's episode with plans to do something about it .