The West Wing

Season 2 Episode 22

Two Cathedrals

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 16, 2001 on NBC

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    • Bartlet: Damn it! Mrs. Landingham!
      Mrs. Landingham: I really wish you wouldn't shout, Mr. President.
      Bartlet: The door keeps blowing open.
      Mrs. Landingham: Yes, but there's an intercom, and you can use it to call me at my desk.
      Bartlet: I was...
      Mrs. Landingham: You don't know how to use the intercom.
      Bartlet: It's not that I don't know how to use it. It's just that I haven't learned yet.
      (Pause)
      I have MS, and I didn't tell anybody.
      Mrs. Landingham: Yeah. So you're having a little bit of a day.
      Bartlet: You gonna make jokes?
      Mrs. Landingham: God doesn't make cars crash and you know it. Stop using me as an excuse.
      Bartlet: Party's not going to want me to run.
      Mrs. Landingham: Party will come back. You'll get them back.
      Bartlet: I've got a secret for you, Mrs. Landingham. I've never been the most popular guy in the Democratic Party.
      Mrs. Landingham: I've got a secret for you, Mr. President. Your father was a prick who could never get over the fact that he wasn't as smart as his brothers. Are you in a tough spot? Yes. Do I feel sorry for you? I do not. Why? Because there are people way worse off then you.
      Bartlet: Give me numbers.
      Mrs. Landingham: I don't know numbers. You give 'em to me.
      Bartlet: How about a child born in this minute has a one-in-five chance of being born into poverty.
      Mrs. Landingham: How many American's don't have health insurance?
      Bartlet: 44 million.
      Mrs. Landingham: What's the number one cause of death for black men under 35?
      Bartlet: Homicide.
      Mrs. Landingham: How many Americans are behind bars?
      Bartlet: 3 million.
      Mrs. Landingham: How many Americans are drug addicts?
      Bartlet: 5 million.
      Mrs. Landingham: And one-in-five kids in poverty?
      Bartlet: That's 13 million American children. 3 and a half million kids are going to schools that are literally falling apart. We need 127 billion in school construction and we need it today.
      Mrs. Landingham: To say nothing of 53 people trapped in an embassy.
      Bartlet: Yes.
      Mrs. Landingham: You know, if you don't want to run again, I respect that. But if you don't run because you think it's going to be too hard or you think you're going to lose well, God, Jed, I don't even wanna know you.

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