A bipartisan breakfast is being carefully staged to avoid any chance of conflict, so Toby strikes a deal with the majority leader's new Chief of Staff to get a discussion of real issues on the agenda. Sam thinks working conditions can be improved moving the press room across the street, but C.J. thinks it's a bad idea. Leo asks Josh to apologize to an important columnist on his behalf after making an embarrassing comment. Maneuvers by political opponents prompt Toby and Leo to begin thinking about reelection sooner than they expected. Written by
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Josh and Sam try to light a fire in a White House fireplace only to find that it is only decorative when they set the fire alarms off. In January 2009, life imitated art when the Obama administration's new Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter R. Orszag, tried to light a fire in a fireplace in his office that filled other office suites with smoke and set the fire alarms off. See more
Charlie hands President Bartlet some remarks which Sam produced for the breakfast. President Bartlet reads aloud (with approval) from the text: "We spend so much time demonizing the other side, treating our opponents as if they were threatening strangers with whom we share nothing in common." Neither Bartlet nor Sam would have let a redundancy like "share nothing in common" into the text of a Presidential address. See more
[Sam and Josh have just set off the smoke alarms in the West Wing
Mr. President, you know how you told me not to wake you up unless the building was on fire?
References The Godfather
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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