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Oliver Babish
White House Counsel

February 2001 - late 2006

Predecessor Lionel Tribbey
Successor Unknown, possibly Ainsley Hayes


Oliver Babish was the fifth White House Counsel under President Josiah Bartlet.

Professional LifeEdit

Babish attended the University of Chicago for his undergraduate degree in economics before attending Yale University. During his time at Yale he had a paid internship with the Assistant Attorney General of Connecticut, Babish remarks that the Attorney General reminds him a lot of President Bartlet. After being accepted to the BAR, Oliver travelled to California where he "worked off his training wheels" at a small law firm in Malibu called Barnaby, Rackhouse, Summers, Mitchfort, and Saunders which had the name of every lawyer in the firm in the title. Originally they were going to add Babish to the name but he thought "that would just be silly". After spending two years there he returned to Chicago where he became the first non-Jewish attorney at Bronstein and Cohen a prominent law firm that was known for only hiring Jewish lawyers. After only six years at the firm they made Babish a partner and renamed the firm Bronstein, Cohen & Babish. However after Babish divorced Liz Cohen the daughter of one of the other partners, he left the firm because he felt "it was the right thing to do". He started his own legal consulting firm that worked with many local politicians and businessmen called Babish and Associates while also spending time as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago. He was the Midwest Finance Chairman on the Bartlet for America campaign after which he moved to Washington D.C. to become a partner at Geller-Dugray. Eventually he was made the White House Counsel after the former White House Counsels quit due to a lack of connection with the President. Babish was on the job three months before the President revealed he had MS a controversy that Babish dealt with. He also dealt with the space shuttle information leak and was present when President Bartlet fired Communications Director Toby Ziegler. Babish left his job as White House Counsel shortly before the 2006 Presidential Election to become a partner at a D.C. law firm because he was going to be out of a job soon anyways. However he eventually became the United States Attorney General under President Matthew Santos.

Personal LifeEdit

The son of Lee Babish an appeals court judge in Chicago, and the grandson of Walter Babish a former Chicago District Attorney who once received a gavel from Louis Brandeis which was given to Oliver when Oliver entered Yale Law (a tradition in his family dating back four generations).

He got his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Chicago before attending Yale University.

He has been divorced four times. His first wife was Michelle a woman he met and married during undergraduate school, they divorced when Oliver's graduate school studies put a strain on their relationship. His second wife was Liz Cohen the daughter of Dwight Cohen one of the partners at Bronstein and Cohen a law firm that Oliver worked at. Oliver and Liz had two kids named Jeremy and Julie. Jeremy and Julie know Ellie and Zoey Bartlet because the Bartlet girls were camp counselors at a prestigious camp in New Hampshire. Oliver and Liz would break up due to irreconsilable differences. After that Oliver was married to a coctail waitress named Vicky he met in Vegas for a total of six months before having he marriage annulled. His last marriage was to a girl named Maxine "Max" Maynard a girl he dated in high school who eventually went to work for Senator Jack Enlow of Illinois and who Oliver caught up with upon becoming White House Counsel. Oliver adopted a daughter Max had from a previous marriage named Marney, the two have since had another daughter named Stephanie. [1]

PersonalityEdit

Whilst clearly a highly skilled legalist, Oliver's occasional passionate outbursts are somewhat surprising, though no more so than those of his predecessor, Lionel Tribbey. Oliver has a strict personal moral code, which he will not (apparently) compromise. In the office he appears somewhat slapdash with regard to the day-to-day details of business, but when the President needs him he seems to be utterly focused.

He speaks with a certain pleasure of his family, but shows ingrained and somewhat misogynistic tendencies when dealing with Abbey Bartlet to ascertain the extent of her culpability and the President's corroborative malfeasance. He has a rigid view of the law, to which even the President is subject.

QuotesEdit

Oliver Babish: In my entire life, I have never found anything charming.

Oliver Babish: Nature is to be protected from... Like a woman, nature seduces you with its sights and its scents and its touch... and then it breaks your ankle. Also like a woman.

ReferencesEdit

Bartlet4America.org
Oliver Platt

Cabinet of President Matt Santos
Vice President   Eric Baker
Secretary of State   Arnold Vinick
Secretary of the Treasury   Rosenthal
Secretary of Defense   Swain
Attorney General   Oliver Babish
Secretary of Agriculture   Ed Keenitz
White House Chief of Staff   Josh Lyman
Ambassador to the United Nations   Nancy McNally


Preceded by:
Lionel Tribbey
White House Counsel
2001-2006
Succeeded by:
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Preceded by:
Alan Fisk
United States Attorney General
2007
Succeeded by:
Incumbent

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