While preparing for (and enduring) a state dinner for the newly-elected president of Indonesia, staff deal with a multitude of other problems: Josh and Mandy argue over the best way to handle an FBI standoff with militants in Idaho; Leo (and eventually Bartlet) intervenes in a negotiations between the Teamsters Union and national reps for the trucking industry; Toby tries to convince an Indonesian cabinet member to release a friend of his, an activist or incites anti-government protests, from prison; Sam witnesses Laurie at work as a call girl, serving as the state dinner date for a big fund raiser; and a pre-season hurricane initially threatens the Atlantic Coast, and then moves out to sea, where it puts an entire naval fleet in peril. Written by
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The dialogue implies that the senior staff of the White House have undertaken to issue orders to Naval vessels to enable them to evade a hurricane. In real life the executive branch does not do so, and it would be absurd for it to try to do so. Such orders in the US Navy originate with the CNO, the fleet commanders, the type commanders, the squadron commanders, and the tactical commanders. The Navy does not wait for storm-evasion instructions from the White House. The expertise for such matters resides with the Navy, not the White House. See more
It really bugs you that the President listens to me sometimes.
Yes, but you shouldn't take it personally. It bugs me when the President listens to anyone who isn't me.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more