D. Wire Newman was the last Democratic President of the United States prior to Josiah Bartlet.

Before Presidency

Newman was elected in to the US House of Reprsentaives in the 1970 elections. He became a Liberal rebel by voting yes to Republican bills. In 1980 he became the minority leader of the house and ran in both 1983 and 1987 elections. In 1983 as Vice President.


President Newman held heavy ties with Saudi Arabia, selling them arms for oil. He served only one term. During his Presidency, he used the same Air Force One that Bartlet would later use. When Newman took office it was a changing world first of all the Communist bloc was falling from the Eastern European countries at one stage would have been communist. This was the destruction of both the Berlin wall and the Soviet Union. During this time he was remembered for the Gulf War with British Prime Minister Ken Clarke. Both said the destruction of terror was needed after 5 months both forces returned empty handed.

During this time the US seen another recession and the unemployment toll grow and grow. This fell apart after the increase in capital gains tax. Even though his bad is bad his good was good. He signed 6 bills for the reduction of green house gases and vetoed 2 bills for 6 extra highways Missouri.

In 1987 his election win was 435-103, this was done in 1991 he lost the election to republician canditate Owen Lassiter. The result was 370 to Lassiter and 168 to him.


As a former President, Newman kept a close eye on intelligence matters and received NSC briefings every morning. Newman maintained close contact with former President Lassiter after his presidency. During the MS scandal, Lassiter advised Newman not to go on CNN denouncing President Bartlet for hiding his multiple sclerosis. After former President Lassiter's death, Newman chose to fly with Lassiter's aging staff to Washington, DC before travelling on Air Force One with Presidents Bartlet and Walken to the Lassiter Library in Costa Mesa.

During the Bartlet Administration, Newman was a silent critic of the President, feeling that his commitment to liberal policies and Democratic ideals was not strong enough, though he followed the advice of Lassiter, in not openly criticizing a sitting President. In private, however, Newman would give Bartlet a vicious tongue lashing if he disagreed with his performance, particularly in matters of foreign policy, which Bartlet himself admitted was never his greatest strength. Newman was equally critical of Republican presidents, whose foreign policies he felt were reactionary and war-mongering. He openly showed enmity for Acting-President and Speaker of the House of Representatives Glenn Allen Walken. Although he lost re-election to President Lassiter, he did not show any lasting anger or jealousy to his successor. He remained in contact with Lassiter throughout Lassiter's presidency and afterwards, although they would not be considered friends they seemed to have developed a grudging respect for each other and a level of trust.


All information about President Newman comes from the episode The Stormy Present. The fact that he used the same airplane for Air Force One as President Bartlet, implies a later date, presumably within the last twenty years. The current Air Force One planes have been in use since 1990.

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