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A.J. MacInerney (Character)
from The American President (1995)

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The American President (1995)
Lewis Rothschild: [in his bedroom] Can I just state very clearly I can't be part of anything illegal.
A.J.: Good for you, Lewis.
Lewis Rothschild: Say what you want. It's always the guy in my job that ends up doing 18 months in Danbury minimum security prison.

A. J. MacInerney: [in the Oval Office] The President doesn't answer to you, Lewis!
Lewis Rothschild: Oh, yes he does A.J. I'm a citizen, this is my President. And in this country it is not only permissible to question our leaders it's our responsibility!

A. J. MacInerney: [in the Oval Office] Excuse me, sir, where are you going?
President Andrew Shepherd: I'm going over to her house. I'm going to stand outside her door until she let's me in, and I'm not leaving 'til I get her back.
A. J. MacInerney: How are you going to do that, sir?
President Andrew Shepherd: Well, I haven't worked that out yet, but I'm sure groveling will be involved.

[Discussing a reprisal for an attack on US troops]
A. J. MacInerney: Sir, it's immediate, it's decisive, it's low-risk, and it's a proportional response.
President Andrew Shepherd: Someday someone's going to have to explain to me the virtue of a proportional response.

President Andrew Shepherd: [after playing pool] Is the view pretty good from the cheap seats, A.J.?
A.J.: I beg your pardon?
President Andrew Shepherd: Because it occurs to me that in twenty five years I've never seen YOUR name on a ballot. Now why is that? Why are you always one step behind ME?
A.J.: Because if I wasn't, you'd be the most popular history teacher at the University of Wisconsin!
President Andrew Shepherd: Fuck you!

President Andrew Shepherd: [while playing pool] Did she say anything about me?
A. J. MacInerney: Ms. Wade?
President Andrew Shepherd: When she called?
A. J. MacInerney: Did she say anything about you?
President Andrew Shepherd: No. We had a nice couple of minutes together. She threatened me, I patronized her. We didn't have anything to eat, but I thought there was a connection.

A.J.: [to President Andrew Shepherd] You've said it yourself a million times. If there had been a TV in every living room sixty years ago, this country does not elect a man in a wheelchair.

President Andrew Shepherd: [while playing pool] This is NOT the business of the American people!
A.J.: With all due respect, sir, the American people have a funny way of deciding on their own what is and what is not their business.

A.J.: [in the Oval Office] Excuse me, Mr. President, I just got off the phone with the federal mediator in St. Louis. Management just walked away from the table; the baggage handlers, pilots and flight attendants are all getting set to walk out in forty-eight hours.
President Andrew Shepherd: You know, I studied under a Nobel Prize-winning economist, and you know what he taught me?
A.J.: Never have an airline strike at Christmas?

President Andrew Shepherd: [while playing pool] She didn't say anything about me?
A.J.: [sarcastically, jokingly] No, but I could always pass her a note before study hall.

A.J. MacInerney: [sarcastically, jokingly] If anyone needs me, I'll be in the Roosevelt Room, giving Lewis oxygen.

A. J. MacInerney: [to President Andrew Shepherd] Oh, you only fight the fights you can win? You fight the fights that need fighting!

A. J. MacInerney: Oh, and Leon, don't be the nice, sweet guy from Brooklyn on this one. Do what the NRA does.
Leon Kodak: [sarcastically, jokingly] What, scare the shit out of them?
A. J. MacInerney: Exactly.
Leon Kodak: I can do that.

A.J.: [after walking on west colonnade in the White House] Good night, Mr. President.
President Andrew Shepherd: A.J.?
A.J.: Yes, sir?
President Andrew Shepherd: When we're out of the office, and alone, you can call me Andy.
A.J.: I beg your pardon, sir?
President Andrew Shepherd: You were the best man at my wedding, for crying out loud. Call me Andy.
A.J.: Whatever you say, Mr. President.

President Andrew Shepherd: Two-ball on the side.
[He makes the shot, and the two-ball goes into the pocket]
A. J. MacInerney: Nice shot, Mr. President.
President Andrew Shepherd: "Nice shot, Mr. President"? You won't even call me by my name when we're playing pool?
A. J. MacInerney: I will not do it playing pool, I will not do it in a school. I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them, Sam I Am.
President Andrew Shepherd: At ease, A.J. At ease.
[He prepares to hit the nine-ball into the corner pocket; A.J. stands by that pocket]
President Andrew Shepherd: Would - would you get away from the pocket?
A. J. MacInerney: I beg your pardon, sir.

A.J.: [while playing pool] Mr.President, this is an election year. If you're looking for female companionship, we can make certain arrangements that will ensure total privacy.
President Andrew Shepherd: I don't want you to get me a girl, A.J.! What is this, Vegas?
A.J.: No sir, this is the White House.

President Andrew Shepherd: [after playing pool] If Mary hadn't died, would we have won three years ago?
A.J.: Would we have won?
President Andrew Shepherd: If we had to go through a character debate three years ago, would we have won?
A.J.: I don't know. But I would have liked that campaign. If my friend Andy Shepherd had shown up, I would have liked that campaign very much.

[after President Shepherd's speech]
Leon Kodak: Well, you don't see that every day of the week.
Lewis Rothschild: He's got the whole White House press corps asking each other how to spell erudite!
A.J.: Better call the printer, Lewis.
Lewis Rothschild: I know, we gotta rewrite the State of the Union.
A.J.: Every word, kid. It's a whole new ballgame. You have exactly 35 minutes.
Lewis Rothschild: [sarcastically, jokingly] Oh, good, I thought I was gonna be rushed!

President Andrew Shepherd: [while playing pool] She didn't say anything about me?
A. J. MacInerney: Well, she did say you were taller than she thought you'd be.
President Andrew Shepherd: Well, that's something.

[Sydney and President D'Astier were conversing in French during the state dinner]
President Andrew Shepherd: Sydney, you didn't dissolve our trade agreements, did you?
Sydney Ellen Wade: No, I just said we're sitting in this beautiful room, listening to the music of this wonderful orchestra, and I wondered why nobody was dancing.
President René Jean D'Astier: And I informed Miss Wade that in my country, a guest at the palace of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette would soon find their head in a guillotine if they made the impertinent gesture of dancing without so much as a by-your-leave from the King and the Queen.
A. J. MacInerney: I bet no one accused Louis of being soft on crime.
Sydney Ellen Wade: There's a lesson there, Mr. President.
President Andrew Shepherd: More beheadings at the White House!

A. J. MacInerney: I feel a nightmare coming on...

A.J.: [after playing pool] Listen, I'm going to have Janie clear your schedule for the weekend, you need to get some rest
President Andrew Shepherd: Are you handling me A.J.?
A.J.: No sir but I will if you don't start taking your head out your ass
President Andrew Shepherd: Excuse me?
A.J.: Lewis is right, go after this guy
President Andrew Shepherd: Has Rumson lied in the past seven weeks?
A.J.: Has he lied?
President Andrew Shepherd: Other than not knowing the difference between Harvard and Stanford, has he said something that isn't true? Am I not a Commander in Chief who's never served in the military? Am I not opposed to a Constitution amendment banning flag burning? Am I not a unmarried father who shared a bed with a liberal lobbyist down the hall from his twelve year old daughter?
A.J.: And you think you're wrong?
President Andrew Shepherd: I don't think you win elections by telling fifty nine percent of voters that they are