Magicians Penn and Teller give a controversial performance at Zoey's birthday party in the White House that threatens to drown out the news of the impending China trip. President Bartlet goes to New Orleans on his way to China after unexpectedly requesting briefings be postponed until they are in the air. Josh tries to decide which Democratic presidential candidate he wants to support, and is alarmed that Bartlet wants to appoint California Republican Congressman Arnold Vinick to be Ambassador to the United Nations. Written by
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Senator Vinick's shoes being shined are from Allen Edmonds, famous for their handmade shoes of every US President since Ronald Reagan. See more
While Vinick is shining his shoes, he remarks that his committee would hold a hearing into "Margrudien" which was reference to "Chad Margrudien" who was fired from his job as advance man for the Vice President back in Season 1 ("Take Out the Trash Day"), which happened five years prior. See more
[to Josh on Arnie Vinick running for President
You ever see Arnie Vinick campaign up close? He'll go into those high school gymnasiums in Iowa and New Hampshire and blow them all away. He'll shake every hand in the joint, kiss every baby, hug every widow on Social Security, and sound smarter and more honest than any Republican they've ever seen. Because he is.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more