In the actual White House, no less

By Christian Holub
Updated March 23, 2016 at 08:54 PM EDT
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One of Hamilton‘s many influences — in terms of portraying America’s political process with equal parts drama, wit, and humor — is Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing. There’s even a Tumblr that mashes up scenes and dialogue from the two works. Lin-Manuel Miranda and the rest of the Hamilton cast took this comparison a step further on their recent White House visit, reinterpreting one of the musical’s songs as a scene from The West Wing.

In the musical, “Cabinet Battle #1” is a showdown between Alexander Hamilton (Miranda) and Thomas Jefferson (Daveed Diggs). It transforms a historical political debate into a rap battle, in which the Secretaries of Treasury and State trade not only policy arguments but also outrageous rhyming disses. The latest #Ham4Ham video reverse-engineers it back into a political meeting. The video starts with President George Washington (Chris Jackson) and Hamilton doing The West Wing‘s signature walk-and-talk down a hallway. It then transitions into a regular old policy meeting, the kind that populate nearly every episode of The West Wing.

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The video is enhanced by the cast’s modern business clothing and the actual White House setting. Watch it above.

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Hamilton (Broadway)

Genre: Musical; Starring: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Christopher Jackson, Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry; Director: Thomas Kail; Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda; Opening Date: 08/06/15
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