On the night of the State of the Union, Sam has to explain the process of writing the speech and grading reaction to it to a magazine reporter (Traylor Howard) throughout the evening; C.J. arranged the coverage aware that the reporter, Lisa Sherbourn, is Sam's ex-fiancée; flashing back to the speechwriting process, we see the president dining with several of Abbey's medical colleagues, and they ponder the future of cancer research, motivating Bartlet to ask that a section be added to the SOTU in which he calls for U.S. scientists to find a cancer cure by 2012; the staff, convinced that the Congressional censure is weighing heavily on the president, tries to talk him out of this bold but risky proposal.
Did You Know?
When Sam is describing the process for writing the State of The Union, and says "Whatever it takes to get started", the three books placed on the desktop are The Holy Bible (King James Version), The Writings of Abraham Lincoln Vol. 8, and Cicero. See more
After Sam finishes reading the section about curing cancer, the camera displays the laptop before he deletes the text. The title of the document open is "N_Science.doc", upon hitting delete the title changes to "Curing_Cancer.doc" and there is a slight shift in the angle of the laptop. See more
In 1940, our armed forces weren't among the twelve most formidable in the world, but obviously we were going into a big war. And Roosevelt said the U.S. would produce 50,000 airplanes in the next four years. Everyone thought it was a joke. And it was, because it turned out we produced 100,000 airplanes. Gave the air force an armada that would block the sun.
West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more