Abbey Bartlet, 'Election Night' in The West Wing, created by Aaron Sorkin
This line always stands out, always gets me. That’s the best thing to hope for, I think. Not personal happiness, or material gain, but that smart people who love you are going to have your back. And I have that. And I’m very lucky.
JOSH: You got a phone call while you were in there.
DONNA: From who?
J: Europe in 1939.
J: Yeah, I jotted it down. Apparently they’re at war, but we’ve taken a firm stand as an isolationist nation and refused to get involved. Our resources are our own and their problems are on the other side of the world. Though, they do have problems. It sounds to me from what they said on the phone that France, Austria, and England are getting absolutely pounded by the Germans, and with no end in sight. They say that by 1941 they’re gonna desperately need our help if they have any chance of survival. But I think they’re just being hysterical. This son of a customs agent with the Charlie Chaplin mustache ain’t going anywhere. But there’s no telling that to Franklin Roosevelt, who’s trying to convince his country they need to get involved. That’s why he came up with this.
D: An eighth-grade social studies textbook?
J: Turn to the page I flagged.
D: The Lend-Lease Act.
J: Yeah. Simply put, a loan of arms to Russia and Britain, with the understanding that they’d pay us back when the war was over. And he said this, he said, “If your neighbor’s house is on fire, you don’t haggle over the price of your garden hose.” Frank Kelly in South Carolina wouldn’t… There are too many things in the world we can’t do. Mexico’s on fire. Why help them? Because we can.
'Bad Moon Rising' in The West Wing created by Aaron Sorkin
Toby: If our job teaches us anything, it’s that we don’t know what the next President’s gonna face. And if we choose someone with vision, someone with guts, someone with gravitas, who’s connected to other people’s lives, and cares about making them better… if we choose someone to inspire us, then we’ll be able to face what comes our way and achieve things… we can’t imagine yet. Instead of telling people who’s the most qualified, instead of telling people who’s got the better ideas, let’s make it obvious. It’s going to be hard.
Josh: Then we’ll do what’s hard.
Very few things make me happier than Lex and Kayley reblogging West Wing related things. <3333
Sometimes there are shining moments in this programme when I watch and think YES. YES this is what I want. This is the caliber of writing I have come to expect and the sort of characters I want to see. I don’t see those moments that often but when I do, it’s so damn satisfying.
Josh: All right, it was desperation. It wasn’t out of a desire to do evil. He had a young family and he barely spoke the language. He went to jail. He went to jail and you went to school, and it was all a half century ago. Look what he did in two generations. What room did you just walk out of?
Toby: I appreciate that that’s what you think. Do I get to think what I think?
Josh: No, you don’t, ‘cause you don’t know what I know.
Josh: That I would give anything to have a living father who was a felon, or a sister with a past. That’s it.
Holy Night in The West Wing, created by Aaron Sorkin.
Leo McGarry in 'Celestial Navigation' — The West Wing created by Aaron Sorkin
shortly followed by I HAVE WOOT CANAW.