First Blog of Lightness: Aaron Sorkin’s Impact on Burmese Political Reforms

Hillary Clinton tells us in her book, Hard Choices:  “The Speaker of the Lower House of [the Burmese] Parliament, Shwe Mann, another former general, met with me in another gigantic room, beneath a painting of a lush Burmese landscape that seemed to stretch for miles.  He was chatty and good-natured.  ‘We’ve been studying your country trying to understand how to run a Parliament,’ he told me.  I asked if he’d read books or consulted with experts.  ‘Oh no,’ he said.  ‘We’ve been watching The West Wing.’  I laughed and promised that we would provide even more information.”

  • Hillary Clinton, Hard Choices (New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2014), p. 117.

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