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C.J. Cregg: I understand the oeuvre. I understand the basic mise-en-scene of what you're saying. I really don't understand anything.

Abbey Bartlet: Okay. So just ease up on the high ground.

President Josiah Bartlet: On that point I concede the high ground.

Abbey Bartlet: And I concede I was wrong about the thing.

President Josiah Bartlet: Good.

Abbey Bartlet: However...

President Josiah Bartlet: No. No "however". Just be wrong. Just stand there in your wrongness and be wrong and get used to it.

Danny Concannon: You keep glancing over like you're afraid I'm going to steal something.

Mrs. Landingham: No. I'm just not used to having members of the print media in here.

Danny Concannon: I'll try not to get ink on the furniture.

Mrs. Landingham: Aw, Danny. And I was just about to offer you a cookie.

Danny Concannon: And now?

Mrs. Landingham: No.

Danny Concannon: Also, I'd get in trouble with the First Lady.

President Josiah Bartlet: Welcome to the club, Danny... we had some jackets made.

Abbey Bartlet: What was the problem with the interview?

Sam Seaborn: There was no problem with the interview. Except it looked like you discovered there was a child labor problem because a fourteen-year-old boy named Jeffrey just told you about it this morning.

Abbey Bartlet: I do not believe that is true.

Sam Seaborn: And I do not believe exercise is going to make me any healthier, but I didn't go to medical school. You did. You say so and I go to the gym.

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President Josiah Bartlet: Well, you put me in a bit of a spot there, Abigail. I name Ron Erlich now, which I was going to do anyway, and it makes it look like I'm taking instructions from my wife!

Abbey Bartlet: Still it was wrong!

President Josiah Bartlet: Are you talking about you or me?

Abbey Bartlet: I'm talking about you. I'm talking about you sending people to me, and I'll tell you what else I'm talking about. I'm talking about you waiting a day to name a new Fed Chair, because thirty years ago the new Fed Chair was my boyfriend for six months.

President Josiah Bartlet: I'm talking about sending me messages through the press, and staking out agendas on morning shows. We are not going to be these people, Abbey. I'm not gonna do it! I'll walk up to the Hill right now, and I will give the Speaker of the House my resignation.

Abbey Bartlet: The House isn't in session.

President Josiah Bartlet: You want to see me get on the phone and put it in session?

Abbey Bartlet: Don't raise your voice to me.

President Josiah Bartlet: It was nine months, Abbey, not six months. And I waited a day on Skippy, because the Fed Chair is a fairly important position, and I wanted to make damn sure my decision was right.

Abbey Bartlet: You already made your decision!

President Josiah Bartlet: How the hell do you know?

Abbey Bartlet: You just said so. "I name Ron Erlich now, which I was gonna do anyway, it looks like I'm taking instructions... from... my... wife!"

President Josiah Bartlet: Yes.

Abbey Bartlet: Yes.

President Josiah Bartlet: Yes.

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[after Sam returns from the gym where he talked to a Congresswoman]

Sam Seaborn: She was inspired by the First Lady. She thought this morning there were trumpets and she doesn't want you...

Toby Ziegler: There were trumpets?

Sam Seaborn: The trumpet called, the trumpets sounded...

Toby Ziegler: What the hell goes on at that gym?

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Abbey Bartlet: We're thoroughly professional.

Sam Seaborn: No, ma'am, I don't think you are.

Abbey Bartlet: I beg your pardon?

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Leo McGarry: You know, sometimes, I don't even know what you're talking about.

President Josiah Bartlet: Sometimes I'm just making it up.

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Sam Seaborn: Your guy's married to our guy and our guy won an election. Just something you and your people are going to have to get used to.

Lily Mays: Your guy has a 48% approval rating. My guy's at 61. And bite me.

Sam Seaborn: Ah. Point well argued.

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President Josiah Bartlet: Leo, the intelligence briefings...

Leo McGarry: I know.

President Josiah Bartlet: There are mornings I'm just nodding my head, and that can't be good for anybody.

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President Josiah Bartlet: But try to find out who those friends of my wife's are in the wire piece, then take 'em out back and have 'en shot. Can I do that?

Leo McGarry: Yeah.

President Josiah Bartlet: Yeah, Leo says I can do that.

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[the President and Zoey discuss her college courses]

President Josiah Bartlet: On the other hand, I would definitely put my shoulder into "Intro to Cinema". "Intro to Cinema" is what got me where I am today.

Zoey Bartlet: Did you call me over to make fun of me?

President Josiah Bartlet: That was going to be a big part of my day.

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Toby Ziegler: You're concerned about American labor and manufacturing?

Congressman: Yeah.

Toby Ziegler: What kind of car do you drive?

Congressman: Toyota.

Toby Ziegler: Then shut up.

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Josh Lyman: You like winning, don't you?

Toby Ziegler: Saves you from having to say the word "please".

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Josh Lyman: This - right here - this is why you have a reputation as a pain in the ass.

Toby Ziegler: I've cultivated that reputation.

Josh Lyman: Could I get you to try harder in there?

Toby Ziegler: Sure, 'cause right now I'm not trying at all.

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