The West Wing: Season 3, Episode 10

Bartlet for America (12 Dec. 2001)

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In an episode dotted with flashbacks, Leo and his attorney Jordon Kendall (Joanna Gleason) face a Congressional inquiry into whether the president lied to the American people regarding his ... See full summary »

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In an episode dotted with flashbacks, Leo and his attorney Jordon Kendall (Joanna Gleason) face a Congressional inquiry into whether the president lied to the American people regarding his MS, but this particular day of hearings concerns itself more with Abby and her secretly medicating Jed, and later with Leo's having fallen off the wagon during the campaign (a politically motivated Republican rep on the committee witnessed Leo drunk in his room three days before the nomination); we see the meeting in which Leo talked N.H. Governor Bartlet into running for president, introducing his idea, "Bartlet for America", on a cocktail napkin, which the president later frames and returns to Leo as a gift in thanks for all he's done for the president over the years; Cliff Calley, Donna's boyfriend and special counsel to the judicial oversight committee, asks the committee chair to halt the inquiry before the rep can compel Leo to admit his personal transgression; Leo asks Jordon to Xmas Eve ... Written by meebly

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The phrase "the economy, stupid" can be seen written on a white board in Bartlet's campaign headquarters, a nod to the famous phrase coined during Bill Clinton's presidential campaign. See more »

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Sen. Maj. Counsel Cliff Calley: That's where you're going with this?
[surprise line of questioning]
Rep. Darren Gibson, R-MI: Yeah.
Sen. Maj. Counsel Cliff Calley: Just to embarrass the guy.
Rep. Darren Gibson, R-MI: Just?
Sen. Maj. Counsel Cliff Calley: Leo McGarry's sobriety isn't the subject of these hearings. These hearings are to investigate if any rules, ethical or otherwise, were broken by Jed Bartlet while he was running for President.
Rep. Darren Gibson, R-MI: That's nice, but I live in the actual world, where the object of these hearings is to win.
Sen. Maj. Counsel Cliff Calley: No, it's not.
Rep. Darren Gibson, R-MI: It's the object of the majority.
Sen. Maj. Counsel Cliff Calley: Not while I'm the majority counsel it's not; this is bush ...
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