6 Portrayals Of Female Politicians On Television

C.J. Cregg, White House Press Secretary, White House Chief of Staff, The West Wing 

Claudia Jean ‘C.J.’ Cregg: I missed the window. That’s what’s going on here. I… missed the window to figure out… how to do this.
Danny Concannon: How to…?
Claudia Jean ‘C.J.’ Cregg: Share my life with another person, how to be a partner or whatever condescending way you put it this afternoon.
Danny Concannon: Oh, I wasn’t trying -
Claudia Jean ‘C.J.’ Cregg: I don’t know how to do it. Maybe at one point I did, maybe I never did, but it’s over now. It’s too late. This and skiing. It’s too late, it’s not going to happen.
Danny Concannon: C.J…
Claudia Jean ‘C.J.’ Cregg: You said yourself, it’s not an accident that this hasn’t come together. This is who I am. I’m good at my job, Danny, I’m good at working, I’m not good at this.
Danny Concannon: You’re right, you suck at it. You’re going to need a tremendous amount of training.

Who didn’t love C.J. Cregg? She was strong, witty and told it like it was, which was pretty refreshing for a press secretary. The character is supposedly loosely based on Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, who served as a consultant to the show. Single for most of the show, C.J. often struggled with balancing her personal life with her amazing career.

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