President Bartlet refuses to let Speaker of the House Haffley hold him hostage on the budget and allows the government to be shut down.
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In both "Separation of Powers" and "Shutdown," Martin Sheen, as the President, faces off against Steven Culp, as the Speaker of the House. Both actors have portrayed Attorney General Robert F. "Bobby" Kennedy in the past. Martin Sheen played Kennedy in the TV drama "The Missiles of October (1974)" and Robert Culp played Kennedy on the big screen in "Thirteen Days (2000)." See more
Although it takes place during the holiday season and multiple characters comment on the freezing temperature, when Bartlet stops to speak to the tourists from Kansas on his way to the Capitol, the tourists as well as those in the background can be seen wearing light clothing and t-shirts. See more
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet
Well, I'm not going to negotiate with anyone who holds a gun to my head. We had a deal. I don't care if my approval ratings drop into single digits. I am the President of the United States, and I will leave the government shut down until we come to an equitable agreement.
References Days of Our Lives
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Written by Pete Anthony
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