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A sad reminder of the time when two powerful nations challenged each other and then boldly raced into outer space. Leo: You want to see me orchestrate this right now? These people who would walk into fire if you told them to. ”Leo: Well, you can start by telling the Hill the President's named his nominees to the FEC. We're gonna raise the level of public debate in this country, and let that be our legacy. Charlie: Well, I'm Personal Aide to the President, so my supervisor's a little busy right now trying to find a back door to this place to shove you out of, but I'll let him know you'd like to lodge a complaint. A disaster which nearly collapsed the banking industry and cost the taxpayers 500 billion dollars. [They stop running] You're backing the wrong horse. Now every Democratic congressman in a tight race is looking to get his picture taken with the president, and you're looking around the racquetball court, saying, "Where did everybody go? And I'm telling you you can't mess me around like this! J.: Danny, I just gotta tell you, that was - seriously - that was a turn-on when you said that, though I don't know why you decided to be your most haughty on the Dallas Morning News in that sentence. But if you expect anything different from the President of the United States, I suggest you vote for somebody else. Of setting the bar so low, I can hardly look at it. He was a biology teacher and she was a nursing student. 480 sexual assaults, 3,411 robberies, 3,685 aggravated assaults, all at gunpoint.
That's how it's gonna be, a little test tube with a... a guy steps out of Times Square station, [imitates a smashing noise]. One of its booster rockets didn't fire and it couldn't escape Earth's orbit. [points at Charlie] That guy gets death threats because he’s black and he dates your daughter! Your life will be in danger.” He said, “To hell with that, I’m going anyway.” You said, “No.” Prudent or not prudent, this 21 year old for 600 dollars a week says, “I’m going where I want to, because a man stands up! But we're not going to be threatened by issues: we're going to put 'em front and center. Here’s an answer to your question that I don’t think you’re going to like: the current crop of 18-25 year olds is the most politically apathetic generation in American history. A man once said this, "decisions are made by those who show up." So are we failing you, or are you failing us? Josh: [while jogging] There was a reckless deregulation of the S&L industry by a Democratic Congress, it was flooded with S&L donations. And then we're off to the races with a job approval rating in the high 60s. I have covered the White House for eight years and I've done it with the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, and the Dallas Morning News! If that angers you, if you resent me, I completely respect that. Of trying to get myself excited over a candidate who can speak in complete sentences. Obviously, there's one story that's going to dominate news around the world for the next few days, and it would be easy to think that President Bartlet, Joshua Lyman, and Stephanie Abbott were the only victims of a gun crime last night. Mark Davis and Sheila Evans of Philadelphia were killed by a gun last night.
Now would you please, in the name of compassion, tell me which one of those kids is my boss's daughter? So I couldn’t understand it when her mother called me in tears yesterday. " She said, "It’s Annie." Now, I love my family and I’ve read my Bible from cover to cover. And until you do, you can all get your fat asses out of my White House. We weren't prepared for someone to try and outfox us with a stratagem so sophisticated it's an entire generation behind "Hey look, your shoelaces are untied!? If I could put myself anywhere in time, it would be the Cabinet room, on August 4, 1964. Don't consider authorizing a massive commitment of troops and throwing in our lot with torturers and panderers, leaders without principle and soldiers without conviction; no clear mission, and no end in sight." This war is at home. Landingham: You know, if you don't want to run again, I respect that. Toby: 'We can sit back and admit with great sensitivity that life isn't fair... But it just isn't worthy of us, is it Toby, It isn't worth of us, it isn't worthy of America, and it isn't worthy of a great nation. Three swing states you could have brought over with that. This country was founded on the principle of freedom, and freedom stands opposed to constraints, and the bigger the government, the more the constraints. J.: Leo, we need to be investigated by someone who wants to kill us just to watch us die. I'm taking your spot on Pebble Beach, you can do your stand-ups from Lafayette Park. J.: One more word out of your mouth and every local station but yours gets an exclusive with the President. [Sherri exits] And the chemical formula for table salt is Na Cl! I mean, I can hang in there with the best of them, sir, but somewhere during the conversation about anise and coriander and the other fifteen spices you like to use to baste a turkey I simply lost consciousness. 54 Pruder Street, and it's very important that you put 'street' down there because sometimes it gets confused with Pruder Way and Pruder Lane. Bruno: [to Bartlet] I have difficulty sometimes talking to people who don't race sailboats. Larry: [Reading a book that an ex-reporter wrote about the White House] “Bartlet was playing a round of golf with Toby Ziegler, the prickly communications director, whose bitter inner darkness spelled the breakup of the one marriage we know about.”Leo: This is five hundred and thirty-five Congressmen and Senators standing up and saying the President lied and should be ashamed of himself. Why does the US have to take every Arab country out for an ice cream cone? [long pause] Thousands of madrasas teaching children nothing, nothing, nothing but the Koran and to hate America. Nonsense issues distract attention away from real ones: pay equity, child care, honest-to-God sexual harassment, and in this case a speech in front of the U. James is ordering a weak martini and being snooty about it. When you taught Beowulf, did you make the kids read it in the original Middle English or did you use a translation?
I just found out the Times is publishing a poll that says a considerable portion of Americans feel the White House has lost energy and focus. She was right yesterday when she told me not to get on that damn bicycle while I was upset, but I did it anyway, and I guess I was just about as angry as I’ve ever been in my life. If he does, he may not get out alive."Toby: There is a law against it! He was talking to other people: how about conspiracy? Leo: Oh, then you are just as stupid as these guys who think capital punishment is going to be a deterrent for drug kingpins. And you better start with me, because I will raise up an army against you and I will beat you! Now, we have not had a whole lot of success yet in banning that weapon and those bullets off the streets, but we're planning on taking a big whack at it when Congress comes back from recess. Father Cavanaugh: You know, you remind me of the man that lived by the river. But, the poll wouldn't tell you it's because she likes you. New science, new technology is making the difference between life and death, and so we need a national commitment equal to this unparalleled moment of possibility. After my father fought in Korea, he became what this government begs every college graduate to become. And he raised a family on a teacher's salary, and he paid his taxes and always crossed at the green. How about when we pushed Israel to give up land for peace? An artist's job is to captivate you for however long we've asked for your attention.
I am just an ordinary citizen who relies on the Times crossword for stimulation. And I recommended a pre-emptive Exocet missile strike against his air force, so I think I know how... O'Brien, I understand your feelings, but please believe me when I tell you that I'm a nice guy having a bad day. Al, how many times have I asked you to denounce the practices of a fringe group that calls itself The Lambs of God? Abbey told me to not drive while I was upset and she was right. The President better not be planning on making any visits to this base. In other words, Leo, what the hell are we doing here?! It's proportional, it's reasonable, it's responsible, it's merciful! Your mother was killed by a Western .38 revolver firing KTWs, or what are known as cop-killer bullets. Do you have any idea how much noise Air Force One makes when it lands in Eau Claire, Wisconsin? It has a right to punish, but it doesn't have a right to kill. A guy in a row boat came along and he shouted, "Hey, hey you! If you polled a hundred Donnas and asked them if they think we should go out, you'd get a high positive response. We've reached for the stars and never have we been closer to having them in our grasp. Toby: Well, how about when we, instead of blowing Iraq back to the 7th century for harboring terrorists and trying to develop nuclear weapons, we just imposed economic sanctions and were reviled by the Arab world for not giving them a global charge card and a free trade treaty? Tabatha Fortis: [to Toby] You think I think that an artist's job is to speak the truth.
Sam and Toby are communications and my guess is that speech writing won't be a priority either. 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. J.: I've been playing it fast and loose there's no doubt about it, but sitting in on some of the meetings we've been having, and reading the briefing book last night, I have to say that the census is starting to sound to me like it's, well, important. You scare the hell out of the Secret Service, Zoey, and you scare the hell out of me, too. Why in the world would you want to try it when he's both at the same time? J.: Danny, if by standing up and lying, I misdirected Iraqi intelligence for even half a beat, then it was absolutely worth it. I just want to mention that at several points during the evening, I was referred to as both a liberal and a populist, and a fellow fourth from the back called me a socialist, which is nice, I haven’t heard that for a while. "We hold these truths to be self-evident," they said, "that all men are created equal." Strange as it may seem, that was the first time in history that anyone had ever bothered to write that down. My name is Josiah Bartlet, and I accept your nomination for the Presidency of the United States!
I don't think they're going to be issuing a whole lot of releases. What will be the next thing that challenges us, Toby? You know that when smallpox was eradicated, it was considered the single greatest humanitarian achievement of this century? But that is nothing compared to how terrified we are of you. " You've had some experience battling Jed Bartlet when he's right, and you've had some experience battling him when he's popular. There were only 50 people in the world who can't understand why I lied this morning, and they all work in the White House pressroom. Bartlet: They’re telling me that we’re out of time. Josiah Bartlett, who was the New Hampshire delegate representative to the Second Continental Congress, the one that sat in session in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776 and announced to the world that we were no longer subjects of King George III, but rather a self-governing people. Tina Bishop and Linda Larkin were killed with a gun last night. And if anyone thinks those crimes could have been prevented if the victims themselves had been carrying guns, I'd only remind you that the President of the United States was shot last night while surrounded by the best trained armed guards in the history of the world. Bartlet: Tonight, what began on the commons in Concord, Massachusetts, as an alliance of farmers and workers, of cobblers and tinsmiths, of statesmen and students, of mothers and wives, of men and boys, lives two centuries later as America!