White House Considered Sending Obama To The Hill During Shutdown, 'West Wing' Style

03/12/2015 03:32 pm ET | Updated Mar 12, 2015
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White House aides considered deploying President Barack Obama to Capitol Hill as part of a last ditch effort to stave off the 2013 government shutdown, taking inspiration from a famous scene from the popular television show "The West Wing."

Dan Pfeiffer, long-time adviser to the president who stepped down earlier this month, revealed in a Thursday interview with Grantland that he and other White House aides had a "not unserious" conversation about sending Obama to knock on House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) door to negotiate an agreement that would have kept the government open.

"I don't think we would have walked, we probably would have driven because Secret Service heads would have exploded," Pfeiffer said.

In the show, Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman convinces President Josiah Bartlet to walk to the Capitol to meet with the Speaker after budget talks break down:

Watch the rest of Pfeiffer's interview with Grantland here.

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