Eli Attie

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Eli Attie is a writer, producer, and former political operative. He served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, and then as Vice President Al Gore's chief White House and campaign speechwriter through Gore's concession of the 2000 presidential election, which Attie and Gore wrote together.[1][2] Attie was a longtime writer on both the NBC-TV series The West Wing and the Fox-TV series House.

Early life and education[edit]

Attie grew up in New York City. His mother is feminist painter Dotty Attie[3], his father was photographer David Attie[4], and his brother is widely-published mathematician Oliver Attie. He is a graduate of Hunter College High School and Harvard College. While in college, he was an editor of The Harvard Crimson.


After working in the real White House, Attie became a writer on the NBC-TV series The West Wing for most of its run, and served as a producer and supervising producer in the show's later seasons.[5] A number of that show's story lines came from Attie's own experiences in politics. In addition, according to David Remnick's biography of Barack Obama, "The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama," and other news sources, Attie used then U.S. Senator Obama as a model for the character of Matt Santos, a presidential candidate played by actor Jimmy Smits in the final two seasons of The West Wing.[6][7] Attie was nominated for Writers Guild and Humanitas awards for the episode "Election Day: Part 2," in which Santos wins the presidency.

Attie was a writer and co-executive producer on House for the last five of its eight seasons, and was nominated for a Humanitas award for the series finale, "Everybody Dies," which he co-wrote with series creator David Shore. Attie's screenplay "Smile Relax Attack" was included on the Black List, an industry list of executives' favorite scripts.[8]

Attie has worked as a rock critic for The Washington Post, Slate, and other publications. He is on the board of Let America Vote, a non-profit founded by Jason Kander that fights voter suppression.[9]

Attie won ASCAP's Deems-Taylor award for pop music writing.[10] He is a seven-time Emmy nominee and a three-time WGA award nominee; he won an Emmy Award for "The West Wing Documentary Special."[11]


  1. ^ Smith, Roger (20 November 2002). "Al Gore Has Stopped The Sighs". Jewish World Review.
  2. ^ "Reading Aloud Podcast". 5 December 2014.
  3. ^ Interview Magazine: "Ranger Games: Dotty x Eli Attie" By Eli Attie and Alexandria Symonds retrieved December 9, 2014
  4. ^ Barone, Joshua (21 July 2016). "A Son's Sleuthing, a Father's Archive and Capote's Vanished Brooklyn". New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Eli Attie on the Internet Movie Database".
  6. ^ Smith, Ben (5 April 2010). "Imagining Obama On 'The West Wing'". Politico.
  7. ^ Stelter, Brian (29 October 2008). "Following The Script: Obama, McCain and 'The West Wing'". New York Times.
  8. ^ "The Black List: Full Roster". Deadline.
  9. ^ "Advisors". Let America Vote. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "36th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award Winners Announced". ASCAP.
  11. ^ "Eli Attie on the Internet Movie Database".