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Inauguration: Part 2 - Over There 

Will struggles to find the words when the Inauguration speech seems to avoid current heart breaking issues.


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Sam Seaborn (credit only)
Jill Sobule ...
Jill Sobule
Jude Christodal ...
Jude Christodal


Will struggles to find the words when the Inauguration speech seems to avoid current heart breaking issues.

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12 February 2003 (USA)  »

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Besides the series always being in the off-years from the real presidential elections (the series' presidential elections are held in 2002 and 2006 and stated as such years), the inauguration ceremony/address/parade/balls are held on a Sunday. In reality, if January 20th falls on a Sunday, the president takes the oath of office as constitutionally required, but the ceremonies are held the next day. This happened in reality in 2013 with Barack Obama's second inaugural. See more »


When CJ is talking to Toby & Will at the Capitol, she says (referring to the music in the background) "That's the U.S. Marine Corps Band right there, The Commandant's Own." The U.S. Marine Band is called "The President's Own" whereas "The Commandant's Own" is the U.S. Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps. They are two separate bands, and it's more likely that "The President's Own" is the band that would be playing at the inauguration. Moreover, the Commandant's Own is the most elite among the Marine Corps Bands, all of which are comprised of enlisted personnel and commanded by career officers. The Prestdent's Own is called, simply, The Marine Band. It is an auditioned group that attracts some of the nation's most gifted wind and percussion players. While members of the President's Own are, in fact, marines, they are not subject to combat deployment. Their only assignment is guaranteed to be at the President's call to play their instruments. Members of The Commandant's Own and all other musicians in the US Marine Corps Band program are fully trained and ready to lay down their instruments, pick up rifles, and fulfill any assignment necessary at any time. See more »


Abbey Bartlet: [the President has decided to change the Use of Force Doctrine after watching a Laurel & Hardy movie] Because of Laurel and Hardy?
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: Not because, no. Not *because* of Laurel and Hardy. That was simply the confluence of the final... you know, and also, by the way, from the mouths of babes... like yourself... Seriously, from the mouths of babes and clowns comes... Listen, there's no reason why anyone needs to know about Laurel and Hardy.
Abbey Bartlet: Sounds like that's going to depend a lot on my general mood.
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References Babes in Toyland (1934) See more »


Rock Me To Sleep
Performed by Jill Sobule
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Abbey, the kids are eating sugar.
27 November 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

At Will's spurring (to Toby's great displeasure), Jed is forced to admit that kundunese lives are less important to him than American. This ultimately leads to a re-write of the inauguration speech at the 11th hour, announcing a globe-wide doctrine of intolerance for oppression. Will is promoted from temp to Deputy Communications Director. It's all well done, but not without a little gulp at the realization that Sam is really gone (even though he has a couple more episodes). The flirtation between Josh and Donna on the way to the ball, is more brazen than anything seen bawdy that it feels like something that can't be backtracked (though they manage to for several more seasons). Jill Sobule plays herself.

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