‘The Audacity of Knope’ leads off Road to the Emmys: The Writer

KnopeOne of the rising stars in the political world, Leslie Knope, has become the latest to join the pages of Variety. Knope has a first-person piece in today’s Road to the Emmys: The Writer preview section, in which she envisions what she would say if she were elected president.  Here’s how it begins …

I got very excited when Variety asked me to write my thoughts on being in the Oval Office, because this is a subject I’ve thought about once or twice. Which is to say: once or twice per day, every day, for 28 years.

Upon my historic presidential election — I can’t believe the vote was unanimous! — my first action would be to hold a large breakfast symposium, comprised of Democrats and Republicans, socialists and libertarians, civil rights leaders, academics and average citizens. And maybe also Beyonce Knowles, who I really want to meet and now can because I’m president. Let’s go ahead and also invite Jason Momoa, from “Game of Thrones” season one. His pecs will inspire us all to greatness.

At this breakfast symposium I would lead a scintillating discussion about what America really means: What are our values? Our goals? What can we do better, and how can we all do our part? I think a lot can be accomplished if we put partisanship aside and simply talk to each other. And then, since most of the people at this symposium would be men, I’d ask Beyonce to perform “Run the World (Girls)” while she and I stand next to a giant lion, like in the video, just so they’d all remember who’s boss.

(I should note my personal chef would be required to provide breakfast food for all meals, in every room of the White House, forever. No exceptions. A Knope presidency will be a waffle-based presidency, and everyone has to deal with that.) …

You can read the entire piece here, and then check out our other Road to the Emmys: The Writer offerings:

A look at TV’s auteurs, such as Louis C.K., Tina Fey, Mike White and Lena Dunham.

— Turning 40 isn’t a roadblock to working in TV as a writer, but turning 50 … that’s another matter.

— How Brits have adapted American-style storytelling before turning around and making an impact on U.S. television.

— The agonizing wait for showrunners to hear whether their programs have been renewed or canceled.

In addition, don’t miss the Variety 10 TV Scribes to Watch, anchored by a feature on how rookie showrunners survived their first seasons at the helm.

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