Fuck Yeah The West Wing

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This is a debate that is obviously going to continue in town halls, city halls, state legislatures, and the U.S. House of Representatives. There is a population in this country that seems to focus so much time and energy into this conversation, so much so that I am forced to ask this question - is there an epidemic of flag burning going on that I’m not aware of?
— President Bartlett, “20 Hours in L.A.” [1x16]

Lord John Marbury [1x11]

  • Charlie: Mr. President?
  • Bartlet: I'll take the Indian ambassador in the Oval Office.
  • Charlie: Yes, sir.
  • Bartlet: And then if you could just ask the Secret Service to step in and kill me, please.
  • Charlie: Yes, sir.

An incredibly tough question…

What is your favorite West Wing moment?

Toby: A homeless man died last night; a Korean War veteran, who was wearing a coat that I gave to the Goodwill. It had my card in it.
Bartlet: Toby, you’re not responsible for—
Toby: An hour and twenty minutes for the ambulance to get there. A Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps, Second of the Seventh. The guy got better treatment at Panmunjom.
Bartlet: Toby, if we start pulling strings like this, you don’t think every homeless veteran would come out of the woodworks?
Toby: I can only hope, sir.
—In Excelsis Deo [1x10] View high resolution

Toby: A homeless man died last night; a Korean War veteran, who was wearing a coat that I gave to the Goodwill. It had my card in it.

Bartlet: Toby, you’re not responsible for—

Toby: An hour and twenty minutes for the ambulance to get there. A Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps, Second of the Seventh. The guy got better treatment at Panmunjom.

Bartlet: Toby, if we start pulling strings like this, you don’t think every homeless veteran would come out of the woodworks?

Toby: I can only hope, sir.

—In Excelsis Deo [1x10]

The Short List [1x09]

  • Sam: In 1787, there was a sizable block of delegates who were initially opposed to the Bill of Rights. This is what a member of the Georgia delegation had to say by way of opposition; 'If we list a set of rights, some fools in the future are going to claim that people are entitled only to those rights enumerated and no others.' So the Framers knew--
  • Harrison: Were you just calling me a fool, Mr. Seaborn?
  • Sam: I wasn't calling you a fool, sir. The brand new state of Georgia was.
Well, first of all, let’s clear up a couple of things. “Unfunded mandate” is two words, not one big word. There are times when we’re fifty states and there are times when we’re one country, and have national needs. And the way I know this is that Florida didn’t fight Germany in World War II or establish civil rights. You think states should do the governing wall-to-wall. That’s a perfectly valid opinion. But your state of Florida got $12.6 billion in federal money last year - from Nebraskans, and Virginians, and New Yorkers, and Alaskans, with their Eskimo poetry. 12.6 out of a state budget of $50 billion. Now, I’m supposed to be using this time for a question, so here it is: Can we have it back, please?
— President Josiah Bartlet (“Game On” [4x05])
C.J.: They beat women, Nancy. They hate women. The only reason they keep Qumari women alive is to make more Qumari men.
Nancy: So what do you want me to do about it?
C.J.: How about instead of suggesting that we sell the guns to them, suggesting that we shoot the guns at them. And by the way, not to change the subject, but how are we supposed to have any moral credibility when we talk about gun control and making sure that guns don’t get in the hands of the wrong people? God, Nancy! What the hell are we defining as the right people? […] It’s the 21st Century, Nancy. The world’s gotten smaller. I don’t know how we can tolerate this kind of suffering anymore, particularly when all it does is continue the cycle of anti-American hatred. But that’s not the point, either.
Nancy: What is the point?
C.J.: The point is that apartheid was an East Hampton clambake compared to what we laughingly refer to as the life these women lead. And if we had sold M1-A1’s to South Africa fifteen years ago, you’d have set the building on fire. Thank God we never needed to refuel in Johannesburg!
Nancy: It’s a big world, C.J. And everybody has guns, and I’m doing the best I can.
C.J.: They’re beating the women, Nancy!
—The Women of Qumar [3x09] View high resolution

C.J.: They beat women, Nancy. They hate women. The only reason they keep Qumari women alive is to make more Qumari men.

Nancy: So what do you want me to do about it?

C.J.: How about instead of suggesting that we sell the guns to them, suggesting that we shoot the guns at them. And by the way, not to change the subject, but how are we supposed to have any moral credibility when we talk about gun control and making sure that guns don’t get in the hands of the wrong people? God, Nancy! What the hell are we defining as the right people? […] It’s the 21st Century, Nancy. The world’s gotten smaller. I don’t know how we can tolerate this kind of suffering anymore, particularly when all it does is continue the cycle of anti-American hatred. But that’s not the point, either.

Nancy: What is the point?

C.J.: The point is that apartheid was an East Hampton clambake compared to what we laughingly refer to as the life these women lead. And if we had sold M1-A1’s to South Africa fifteen years ago, you’d have set the building on fire. Thank God we never needed to refuel in Johannesburg!

Nancy: It’s a big world, C.J. And everybody has guns, and I’m doing the best I can.

C.J.: They’re beating the women, Nancy!

—The Women of Qumar [3x09]

Bartlet: Did you know that hardly any of the guys who landed on the moon are married to the same people they were married to before they went there?
Abbey: What?
Bartlet: I’m just saying, it could have been worse: I could have been an astronaut.
Abbey: You could not have been an astronaut.
Bartlet: I would have been a great astronaut.
Abbey: You’re afraid of heights, speed, fire, and small enclosed spaces.
Bartlet: Yeah, but I’d have overcome it to go to the moon.
Abbey: I know you would have.

—Manchester (Part II) View high resolution

Bartlet: Did you know that hardly any of the guys who landed on the moon are married to the same people they were married to before they went there?

Abbey: What?

Bartlet: I’m just saying, it could have been worse: I could have been an astronaut.

Abbey: You could not have been an astronaut.

Bartlet: I would have been a great astronaut.

Abbey: You’re afraid of heights, speed, fire, and small enclosed spaces.

Bartlet: Yeah, but I’d have overcome it to go to the moon.

Abbey: I know you would have.

—Manchester (Part II)

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