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Reverend: If our children can buy pornography on any street corner for five dollars, isn't that too high a price to pay for free speech?
President Bartlet: No.
President Bartlet: On the other hand I do think that five dollars is too high a price to pay for pornography.
The West Wing Quote of the Day
(Because A. Every day should have one and B. I'm watching the DVDs...once again, and can't help myself)
Josh: It's called the Theory of Everything
CJ: The Theory of Everything?
CJ: Is it comprehensive?
AGREED, EVERY DAY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE.
Thanks for not being embarrassed anymore DC
C.J.: I'm sorry. I was asking... Mr. Lydell, I don't know how else to put this. But if you appear in front of the press to be at all embarrassed about your son's homosexuality...
I guess... let me just say this, do you support the President?
MRS. LYDELL: Yes, we do.
MR. LYDELL: No, we do not.
MRS. LYDELL: Jonathan....
MR. LYDELL: No, that was really the last... No, we do not. The hate crimes bill is fine. Who gives a damn? It's fine. I don't care. If you ask me, we shouldn't be making laws against what's in a person's head but who gives a damn? I don't understand how this President, who I voted for, I don't understand how he can take such a completely weak-ass position on gay rights.
MRS. LYDELL: Jonathan...
MR. LYDELL: Gays in the military, same-sex marriage, gay adoption, boards of education - where the hell is he? I want to know what qualities necessary to being a parent this President feels my son lacked? I want to know from this President, who has served not one day in Vietnam - I had two tours in Vietnam. I want to know what qualities necessary to being a soldier this President feels my son lacked? Lady, I'm not embarrassed my son was gay. My government is.
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From the pilot
Leo: "How many Cubans exactly have crammed themselves into these fishing boats?"
Josh: "It's important to understand, Leo, that by and large they're not fishing boats. You hear fishing boats, you conjure up the image of, well, a boat, first of all. What the Cubans are on would charitably be described as rafts. Okay? They're making the hop from Havana to Miami in fruit baskets, basically, let's just be clear on that."
Leo: "We are."
Josh: "Donna's desk, if it could float, would look good to them right now."
Leo: "I get it. How many are there?"
Josh: "We don't know."
Leo: "What time exactly did they leave?"
Josh: "We don't know."
Leo: "Do we know when they get here?"
Leo: "True or False: If I were to stand on high ground in Key West with a good pair of binoculars, I'd be as informed as I am right now."
Josh: "That's true."
Leo: "The intelligence budget's money well-spent, isn't it?"
Governor Ritchie: "My view of this is simple: we don't need a Federal Department of Education telling us our children have to learn Esperanto, they have to learn Eskimo poetry. Let the states decide, let the communities decide on health care, on education, on lower taxes, not higher taxes. Now, he's going to throw a big word at you - "unfunded mandate." He's going to say if Washington lets the states do it, it's an unfunded mandate. But what he doesn't like is the federal government losing power. But I call it the ingenuity of the American people."
Moderator: "President Bartlet, you have 60 seconds for a question and an answer."
Bartlet: "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?"