(video by Lynn Sweet)
DENVER, COL.--Aaron Sorkin--writer and creator of the West Wing and The Newsroom,--now playing on HBO--was asked Wednesday--a few hours before the first presidential debate-- how he would direct President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
In reply he told about how when actor Martin Sheen--in the first few weeks of West Wing--was sort of playing the role of president as if he were Teddy Roosevelt. Sheen had to be himself--and Romney's challenge is to be comfortable, Sorkin said.
Sorkin was commenting at a forum on "politics as theater" sponsored by Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy--on a question asked by director Alex Jones.
"The most comfortable I've ever seen Mitt Romney is on the 47 percent video," said Sorkin said. He needs "to be that comfortable" in his "own skin while not saying what (he) said."
Also on the panel: NBC's Chuck Todd and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Annenberg Public Policy Center director and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wy.)