After being offered "a proportional response" to the Syrian military's downing of a U.S. military plane on a medical mission (and carrying his newly named personal physician), the president demands an option that will have greater impact. Leo gradually must talk him down, while Bartlet snipes at everyone, including Abby. The president ultimately agrees to the initial option, but is not happy about it. Charlie Young is introduced as an applicant for a messenger job whom Josh decides to hire as Bartler's personal aide (note: he mentions being sent to Josh by Mrs. De La Guardia, who is later introduced in season four as Debbie Fiderer, who becomes Mrs. Landingham's replacement). Written by
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The acronym BDA is used without explanation - it stands for "bomb damage assessment". See more
When ADM Fitzwallace enters Leo McGarry's office to speak to him about the 'proportional response' by President Bartlett, his military ribbons are upside down. When he turns at the door and speaks to Leo before leaving the room, the ribbons are right-side up, but only in the final shot before he walks away. See more
[the President wants a disproportionate response to an American plane being shot down
And do you think ratcheting up the body count is going to act as a deterrent?
President Josiah Bartlet
You're damn right I do.
Oh, well then you're just as stupid as these guys who think that capital punishment is going to be a deterrent for drug kingpins. As if drug kingpins didn't live their day-to-day lives under the possibility of execution. And their executions are a lot less dainty than ours, and tend to take place without the ...
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