Clinton: Myanmar's generals watched 'The West Wing' (VIDEO)


The cast of 'The West Wing' winner of the Best Television Series-Drama at the 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California, Sunday January 21, 2001.


Kevin Winter

Aaron Sorkin has some unexpected fans.

As it turns out, Myanmar's former generals reportedly watched "The West Wing" television series for tips on how to build a democracy.

And this comes from a trusted source.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton drew laughter on Wednesday when she said during her historic trip to Myanmar last year, the country's lower house speaker requested: "Help us learn how to be a democratic congress, a Parliament. He went on to tell me that they were trying to teach themselves by watching old segments of `The West Wing.'"

Clinton made the comments at a ceremony for Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's opposition leader, now an elected official, who was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington.

"I said, `I think we can do better than that Mr. Speaker,'" Clinton responded, according to the Associated Press.

Here is a clip from BuzzFeed of Clinton's remarks: