“Bartlet” Campaign Button from The West Wing

“Bartlet” Campaign Button from The West Wing

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Campaign button for President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen) from the NBC television drama The West Wing. The button can be seen in the season one finale (Season 1, Episode 22, “What Kind of Day Has It Been”) being worn by one of the men involved with the attempted murder of Personal Aide to the President Charlie Young (played by Dulé Hill), resulting in the shooting of President Bartlet and Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman (played by Bradley Whitford).

The West Wing is a one-hour drama that aired on NBC from September 22, 1999 to May 14, 2006. It is set in Washington, D.C., and follows the fictional Democratic President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen) and his senior West Wing staff behind-the-scenes during political and personal issues through two terms of office. The creator, Aaron Sorkin, was the lead writer for almost all of the episodes in the first four seasons, working with fellow executive producers Thomas Schlamme and John Wells. The West Wing is known for its quick dialogue and shots of staff walking and talking through the hallways of the White House—known as “walk and talks.” The series won 26 Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Globes.

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Sheen, Martin
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metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 1 cm x 7.8 cm; x 3/8 in x 3 1/16 in
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