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"The West Wing" Let Bartlet Be Bartlet (TV Episode 2000) Poster

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Josh Lyman: I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States.

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President Josiah Bartlet: Is Toby on his way?

Charlie Young: Yes, sir.

President Josiah Bartlet: C.J.?

Charlie Young: Yes, sir.

President Josiah Bartlet: Why aren't they here right now?

Charlie Young: They didn't know that it was raining, sir.

President Josiah Bartlet: Nothing like surrounding yourself with the best and the brightest, Charlie.

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Major Tate: Sir, we're not prejudiced toward homosexuals.

Admiral Percy Fitzwallace: You just don't want to see them serving in the Armed Forces?

Major Tate: No sir, I don't.

Admiral Percy Fitzwallace: 'Cause they impose a threat to unit discipline and cohesion.

Major Tate: Yes, sir.

Admiral Percy Fitzwallace: That's what I think, too. I also think the military wasn't designed to be an instrument of social change.

Major Tate: Yes, sir.

Admiral Percy Fitzwallace: The problem with that is that's what they were saying about me 50 years ago - blacks shouldn't serve with whites. It would disrupt the unit. You know what? It did disrupt the unit. The unit got over it. The unit changed. I'm an admiral in the U.S. Navy and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff... Beat that with a stick.

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Leo McGarry: Say it out loud. Say it to me.

President Josiah Bartlet: This is more important than re-election. I want to speak now.

Leo McGarry: Now we're in business.

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C.J. Cregg: The theme of this year's event is, "learning is delightful and delicious" - as, by the way, am I.

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Toby Ziegler: One victory in a year stinks in the life of an administration. But it's not the ones we lose that bother me, Leo. It's the ones we don't suit up for.

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Donna Moss: Two commissioners just resigned?

Josh Lyman: At the same time.

Donna Moss: How many times has that happened?

Josh Lyman: Including this time?

Donna Moss: Yeah.

Josh Lyman: Once.

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Sam Seaborn: [on why it's not going to rain] I got this from the U.S. Coast Guard. I got this from the National Weather Service. They use satellites. They use technology.

[there's a thunderclap, and a downpour of rain begins]

Toby Ziegler: [very dry] This is the same satellite technology we use to detect intercontinental ballistic missiles, right?

Sam Seaborn: Yeah.

Toby Ziegler: All right, then.

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President Josiah Bartlet: We've heard it all before, Leo. You drive me to the political safe ground. It's not true.

Leo McGarry: I know it's not true.

President Josiah Bartlet: Good.

Leo McGarry: You drive me there.

President Josiah Bartlet: What the hell did you say?

Leo McGarry: We're stuck in neutral because that's where you tell me to stay.

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President Josiah Bartlet: Can we get this god-forsaken event over with so I can get back to presiding over a civilization gone to hell in a hand cart?

Mrs. Landingham: Nice talk for a president.

President Josiah Bartlet: Leave me alone.

Mrs. Landingham: You know what this is, don't you, sir?

President Josiah Bartlet: What what is?

Mrs. Landingham: Your mood, sir.

President Josiah Bartlet: Nothing wrong with my mood.

Mrs. Landingham: It's your diet.

President Josiah Bartlet: Will you get off me with that?

Mrs. Landingham: You don't get enough roughage in your diet. You know I'm right about that.

President Josiah Bartlet: I know I'd like to beat you senseless with a head of cabbage. I know that for damn sure.

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[Prior to the president's speech at the American Association of Trout Fishermen convention]

Leo McGarry: Are you going to concentrate on this now, or is your head going to be on changing the nature of democracy?

President Josiah Bartlet: No, I'm definitely going to be thinking about the trout fishermen, Leo, 'cause that's where my focus should be.

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Mrs. Landingham: I'm going to lunch, Charlie.

Charlie Young: Speaking of lunch...

Mrs. Landingham: Yes?

Charlie Young: The President's not too wild about his.

Mrs. Landingham: What's the nature of his dissatisfaction?

Charlie Young: He says it's made almost entirely of vegetables.

Mrs. Landingham: Yes, it's a salad, Charlie.

Charlie Young: The President would prefer a sandwich. He says roast beef will be fine, pastrami, sliced steak...

Mrs. Landingham: Charlie, tell the President he will eat his salad, and if he doesn't like it, he knows where to put his salad.

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Leo McGarry: Listen up - our ground game isn't working. We're gonna put the ball in the air. If we're gonna walk into walls, I want us running into 'em full speed.

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President Josiah Bartlet: You didn't know it was raining?

Toby Ziegler: To our credit, sir, we knew it was raining once it started to rain.

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