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Katzenmoyer : Josh Josh : Doesn't matter, we'll build one. Right in the band gazebo, that's where the President is going to drape his arm around the shoulder of some assistant DA we like. And you should have your camera with you. You should get a picture of that. President Bartlet's a good man. He's got a good heart. He doesn't hold a grudge.

That's what he pays me for. Bartlet : [on pain medication] What's going on here? Sam : Nothing you need to concern yourself with, Mr.


Merely a perception issue regarding Toby and the financial disclosure. Bartlet : Well, I like to roll up my sleeves and, you know Did you by any chance take your back pills? Bartlet : I don't mind telling you C. I was in a little pain there. Leo : Which did you take, sir, the Vicodin or the Percocet? Bartlet : I wasn't supposed to take 'em both? President, we're going to have someone take you back to bed.

Bartlet : No no no. Sit sit sit. One of you's got a problem, and I'm here to help. You guys are like family. You've always been there for me. You've always been loyal, honest, hard-working good people, and I love you all very much, and I don't say that often enough. Sam : I'm Sam, sir. Bartlet : Sam, of course you are. Toby : Sir, the situation basically is this.

I arranged for a friend to testify to Commerce on Internet stocks, while simultaneously, but unrelated to that, bought a technology issue which, partly due to my friend's testimony, shot through the roof. Bartlet : Toby. Toby, Toby, Toby. Toby's a nice name, don't you think? Toby : Can we possibly do this meeting at another time? Bartlet : No no no, I know my body. I know my muscles aren't, you know, but my mind is sharp. I can focus. I'm focused. You all know that about me.

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Leo : There's two things in the world you never want to let people see how you make 'em: laws and sausages. Reporter : I'm curious about the President's farm in Manchester. What's that due to? Reporter : Can you go into detail, please? Josh : You know, I realize that as an adult not everyone shares my view of the world, and with an issue as hot as gun control I'm prepared to accept a lot of different points of view as being perfectly valid, but we can all get together on the grenade launcher, right? The Crackpots and These Women [ edit ] Toby : It's not so much that you cheat sir, its how brazenly bad you are at it.

Bartlet : Give me an example. Toby : In Florida, playing mixed doubles with me and C. Bartlet : She did. Toby : It was Steffi Graf , sir! Bartlet : I'll admit the woman bore a striking resemblance to her. Toby : You crazy lunatic, you think I'm not going to recognize Steffi Graf when she's serving a tennis ball at me? Leo : Andrew Jackson , in the main foyer of his White House had a big block of cheese. Toby : Huh. Leo : I am making a mental list of those who are snickering, and even as I speak I am preparing appropriate retribution.

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The block of cheese was huge - over two tons. And it was there for any and all who might be hungry. Toby : Leo, wouldn't this time be better spent plotting a war against a country that can't possibly defend itself against us? Leo : We can do that later, Toby. Right now I'm talking about President Andrew Jackson. Sam Actually, right now, you're talking about a big block of cheese.

Leo : And Sam goes on my list! Sam : What about Toby? Leo : I'm unpredictable. Jackson wanted the White House to belong to the people, so from time to time, he opened his doors to those who wished an audience. Mandy : And then he locked the doors behind them and made them eat two tons of cheese. Leo : It is in that spirit Sam : Hang on. Mandy doesn't go on the list? Leo : Mandy's new. Sam : So it's just me Leo : Yes. It is in the spirit of Andrew Jackson that I, from time to time, ask senior staff to have face-to-face meetings with those people representing organizations who have a difficult time getting our attention.

I know the more jaded among you, see this as something rather beneath you. But I assure you that listening to the voices of passionate Americans is beneath no one, and surely not the peoples' servants. Josh : [walks in with C. Is it "Total Crackpot Day" again? Leo : Yes, it is. Sam : And let us please note that Josh does not go on the list. Bartlet : Hey, everybody, listen up - Zoe's down from Hanover and I'm making chili for everyone tonight! Various : [With a noticeable lack of enthusiasm] Great! Bartlet : [Put out] Okay, you know what? Let's do this. Everybody look down at the big seal in the middle of my carpet.

Everyone : [With more convincing forced enthusiasm] That's great! I love chili! Bartlet : There! You see how benevolent I can be when everybody just does what I tell them to do? They want me up in the plane or down in a bunker. They don't want you I didn't want to be friends with you and have you not know. You really are. Josh : C. I'm a press secretary. I don't think they're going to be issuing a whole lot of releases.

Sam and Toby are communications and my guess is that speech writing won't be a priority either. Come, have some fun. Do you know this? I'm Catholic. Josh : Hang on. Josh : Do you think you have to be crazy to create something powerful? There's not going to be a nuclear— Josh : God, C. It's not going to be like that.

It's not gonna be the red phone and nuclear bombs. Josh : It's going to be this! It's going to be something like this. Smallpox has been gone for fifty years. No one has an acquired immunity. Flies through the air. You get it, you carry a ten foot cloud around with you. One in three people die. If people in New York City got it, you'd have to encircle them with million vaccinated people to contain it.

Do you know how many doses of smallpox vaccines exist in the country? If people in New York City get it, there's gonna be a global medical emergency that's gonna make HIV look like cold and flu season. That's how it's gonna be, a little test tube with a Josh : You better hurry, 'cause I'm the only one with one of these cards. Bartlet : [about a "UFO"] It was not a space ship from another planet, just another time -- a long since abandoned Soviet satellite.

One of its booster rockets didn't fire and it couldn't escape Earth's orbit. A sad reminder of the time when two powerful nations challenged each other and then boldly raced into outer space. What will be the next thing that challenges us, Toby? That makes us go farther and work harder? You know that when smallpox was eradicated , it was considered the single greatest humanitarian achievement of this century? Surely we can do it again, as we did in the time when our eyes looked towards the heavens, and with outstretched fingers we touched the face of God. Here's to absent friends and the ones that are here now.

Willis of Ohio [ edit ] Sam : C. Sam : Well I don't understand. How could you- C. Sam : You've been faking it? Sam : Ah-hah. Sam : When? Sam : When did you come to this realization? Sam : Okay. I tell you what, let's forget the fact that you're coming a little late to the party and embrace the fact that you showed up at all.

Josh : Sam, I'm taking Charlie for a beer tonight before the vote. Zoey and Mallory are coming. Sam : Sounds good. Josh : If you want to come I guess that'd be okay. You guys don't realize it, but you're having a pretty bad night. Guy 1 : [Sarcastic and aggressive] Oh really - and who's gonna give it to us, huh? I swear to God I'll blow your head off.

Everybody stand back. Guy 1 : [to Charlie] Hey, I ain't done with you, Sammy. Charlie : My name is Charlie Young, jackass. And if that bulge in your pocket's an 8-ball of blow, you'll be spending Spring Break in a federal prison. Bartlet : The Secret Service Zoey : The Secret Service should worry about you getting shot! Bartlet : They are worried about me getting shot. I'm worried about me getting shot! But that is nothing compared to how terrified we are of you. You scare the hell out of the Secret Service, Zoey, and you scare the hell out of me, too.

My getting killed would be bad enough, but that is not the nightmare scenario. The nightmare scenario, sweetheart, is you getting kidnapped. You go out to a bar or a party in some club and you get up to go to the restroom. Somebody comes up from behind, puts their hand across your mouth and whisks you out the back door. You're so petrified you don't even notice the bodies of two Secret Service agents lying on the ground with bullet holes in their heads. Then you're whisked away in a car.

It's a big party with lots of noise and lots of people coming and going and it's a half hour before someone says, "Hey, where's Zoey? It's another hour and a half before anyone even thinks to shut down all the airports! And now we're off to the races! You're tied to a chair in a cargo shack somewhere in the middle of Uganda and I am told that I have seventy-two hours to get Israel to free four hundred and sixty terrorist prisoners.

So I'm on the phone, pleading with Binyamin and he's saying "I'm sorry Mr President, but Israel simply does not negotiate with terrorists, period! It's the only way we can survive. Do you get it?! How much were the sandwiches? Donna : Yes, as it turns out, actually, you gave me more money than I needed to buy what you asked for. However, knowing you, as I do, I'm afraid I can't trust you to spend the change wisely. I've decided to invest it for you. Josh : That was nice.

That was a little parable. Donna : I want my money back. Donna : Why? Josh : Because you tend to cull some bizarre factoid from a less than reputable source and then you blow it all out of proportion. Donna : I do not. Josh : Donna Donna : I just thought you might like to know that in certain parts of Indonesia, they summarily execute people they suspect of being sorcerers.

Josh : What? Donna : I read it. Josh : They Donna : They behead them. Josh : Sorcerers. Donna : Gangs of roving people. Beheading those they suspect of being sorcerers. You know with Josh : A scythe. Josh : You bet. Harry : Mr. Harry : A short one. Mandy : It really bugs you that the President listens to me sometimes. Mandy : What about a negotiator? Military officer : Negotiate what? Mandy : A peaceful settlement. Josh : This is a standoff with federal officers. Mandy : Let me tell you something.

Ultimately, it is not the nuts that are the greatest threat to democracy, as history has shown us over and over and over again, the greatest threat to democracy is the unbridled power of the state over its citizens. Which, by the way, that power is always unleashed in the name of preservation. The FBI says come out with your hands up, you come out with your hands up.

Mandy : Do you really believe that? Or are you just pissed off because I got into the game? Little : Actually, if I may, Mr. Bartlet : Yes, I know. But I got tired of listening to you. Now you listen to me. Bartlet : Fourteen White House lawyers disagree. Little : And it was struck down by the Supreme Court. Bartlet : In 50 years. As for Labor, I am calling Congress into Emergency Session to grant me the authority to draft the truckers into military service.

Nice talking to you folks. We know where to find you. Enemies [ edit ] Bartlet : We should organize a staff field-trip to Shenandoah. I could even act as the guide. What do you think? Josh : [Under his breath] Good a place as any to dump your body. Bartlet : What was that? Josh Did I say that out loud? Bartlet : See, and I was gonna let you go home. Josh : [Sinking feeling] But instead?

Bartlet : We're gonna talk about Yosemite. Toby : All right It couldn't have gone far, right? Sam : No. Toby : Somewhere in this building Bartlet : I find these Cabinet meetings to be a fairly mind-numbing experience, but Leo assures me they are Constitutionally required. Sam : You're asking me out on a date. Mallory : No, I'm asking you to accompany me to see an internationally renowned opera company perform a work indigenous to its culture. Sam : Right, and in what way will it distinguish itself from a date? Mallory : There will be, under no circumstances, sex for you at the end of the evening.

Sam : Right. Mallory : So what do you say? Sam : Well, like most people I'm an absolute nut for Chinese opera. Hoynes : What did I do? Where in our past, what did I do to make you treat me this way? Bartlet : John Hoynes : What did I ever do except deliver the South? Bartlet : You shouldn't have made me beg, John. I was asking you to be Vice President. Hoynes : Due respect, Mr President, you had just kicked my ass in the primary. I'm 15 years younger than you are and I have my career to think of. It weakened me right out of the gate.

The Short List [ edit ] Leo : One in three? Leo : He said one in three White House staffers are on drugs? Leo : Where does he get these stats? Leo : [to Margaret] Is somebody bringing me a tape of this? Margaret : They're getting it. Stay cool. Sam : [walks in] Is it possible for Peter Lillianfield to be a bigger jackass? Mandy : Josh. Josh : Five White House staffers in the room. I would like to say to the 1. Sam : In , there was a sizable block of delegates who were initially opposed to the Bill of Rights. This is what a member of the Georgia delegation had to say by way of opposition; 'If we list a set of rights, some fools in the future are going to claim that people are entitled only to those rights enumerated and no others.

Sam : I wasn't calling you a fool, sir. The brand new state of Georgia was. Sam : It's not just about abortion, it's about the next 20 years. Twenties and Thirties it was the role of government, Fifties and Sixties it was civil rights. The next two decades it's gonna be privacy. I'm talking about the Internet. I'm talking about cell phones.

I'm talking about health records and who's gay and who's not. And moreover, in a country born on the will to be free, what could be more fundamental than this? Bartlet : Did you have a drink yesterday? Leo : No, sir. Bartlet : Do you plan to have a drink today? Bartlet : That's all you ever have to say to me.

Leo : You know it's gonna make things very hard for a while. Bartlet : You fought in a war, got me elected, and you run the country. I think we all owe you one, don't you? Bartlet : Would it surprise you to know that for the last few months you have been on a short list of candidates for the bench? Mendoza : Yes, it would. Bartlet : Well then this is gonna knock your socks off. You were not the first choice, but you are the last one, and the right one. Will you accept the nomination? Mendoza : With honor. Bartlet : Good.

Sam and Toby will be in charge of your confirmation. Sam : Congratulations, Judge. Mendoza : Thank you. Justice, one I have no intention of losing. Bartlet : What do you say, Leo? You up for a good fight? Leo : I believe I have one in me, yes sir. Let the good fight begin. In Excelsis Deo [ edit ] C. Sam : They just changed them.

What's yours? Sam : Princeton. Sam : It's nice. It's not nice. Sam : Flamingo is a nice looking bird. Sam : You're not ridiculous looking. Sam : Any way for me to get out of this conversation? Sam : Excellent. Josh : An hour with you in a rare book store. Couldn't you just drop me off the top of the Washington Monument instead? Bartlet : It's Christmas, Josh! No reason we can't do both. What, did you get this out of a book? Josh : It was my idea.

Laurie : Oh! What are you, the brains of the outfit? Josh : Yeah, I am. And I got to tell you, I could care less about your indignation right now. A man has left himself open to the kind of attack from which men in my business do not recover. Sam : Josh! Josh : We don't need your cooperation, Laurie. One of your guys wrote you a check and the I. Laurie : Get the hell out of my house. Josh : Just give me a name. What do you want?

I'll give you money! Laurie : Oh fine, I'll give you a name. And then I'll hop back into the shower and you can leave the money on the nightstand. How 'bout that? Sam : I don't think he meant-- Laurie : Yes, he did! Josh : No, I didn't.

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I apologize. That was very rude. Sam : We wouldn't have asked Laurie, but this person means a lot to us. Laurie : You're the good guys. You should act like it. Josh : Yeah. Leo : You went and did it? Leo : Exactly what I asked you not to do. Josh : Leo. Leo : You went and saw Sam's friend? Sam : How'd you know? Leo : I had you tailed. Josh : You had us tailed? Sam : Why did you have us tailed?