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Election Day 2008


What this day needs is more West Wing quotes. Enjoy, and go vote!

Josiah 'Jed' Bartlett: We hold these truths to be self-evident, they said, that all men are created equal. Strange as it may seem, that was the first time in history that anyone had bothered to write that down. Decisions are made by those who show up. Class dismissed. Thank you everyone. God bless you. And God bless America.

Leo: We're going to lose some of these battles. And we might even lose the White House. But we're not going to be threatened by issues. We're gonna put them front and center. We're going to raise the level of public debate in this country. And let that be our legacy.

Leo: They say a good man can't get elected President. I don't believe that, do you?

Bartlet: I like how you call homosexuality an abombination.
Jenna Jacobs: I don't say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President, the Bible does.
Bartlet: Yes, it does. Leviticus.
Jenna Jacobs: 18:22.
Bartlet: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I have you here. I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophmore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff Leo McGarry insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says
he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or is it OK to call the police? Here's one that's really important because we've got a lot of sports fans in this town: touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting
different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you? One last thing, while you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tightass Club, in this building, when the President stands nobody sits.

C.J.: This song is called ‘CIA, Our Maligned Little Brother.’
Sam: Oh, God.
C.J.: We need spies, human spies. Spy satellites are great if you’re trying to detect whether or not Khrushchev put missiles in Cuba, but you want to hear a conversation over Turkish coffee in Khyber Pass, you need a spy. You guys want to get great jobs after college and serve your country? Study Arabic, Chinese, and Farsi.
Toby: Maybe this would be a good time for a course of our maligned little brother, civil liberties.
C.J.: Liberties, shmiberties.
Toby: C.J. Cregg, ladies and gentlemen.
C.J.: You know of a way to do this without tapping some phones?
Toby: What about illegal searches? What about profiling? You know what Benjamin Franklin said?
C.J.: He said ‘Hey, look, I’ve invented the stove.’
Billy: He said ‘They that can give up essential liberty to obtain some a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.’

Josiah 'Jed' Bartlett: "I was watching a television program before, with a kind of roving moderator who spoke to a seated panel of young women who were having some sort of problem with their boyfriends -- apparently, because the boyfriends had all slept with the girlfriends' mothers. And they brought the boyfriends out, and they fought, right there on television. Toby, tell me: these people don't vote, do they?"

Toby: We're running away from ourselves. And I know we can score points that way -- I was a principal architect of the campaign strategy right along with you, Josh. But we're here now. Tomorrow night we do an immense thing. We have to say what we feel. That government, no matter what it's failures in the past, and in times to come, for that matter, government can be a place where people come together. And where no one gets left behind. No one gets left behind. An instrument of good. I have no trouble understanding why the line tested well, Josh. But I don't think that means we should say it. I think that means we should change it.

Sam: Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don’t need little changes. We need gigantic revolutionary changes. Schools should be palaces. Competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be getting six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge for its citizens, just like national defense. That is my position. I just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.

Comments (3)

Fantastic! Thanks Amy!


Great quotes. I love the one when he talks about football - one of my favorite scenes from that show. Also love the debate scenes against James Brolin playing the Governor of Florida. And I've been watching the last season finally, the debate scene where Jimmy Smits as Matt Santos embraces the term liberal ... love that!

Also, in the American President: President Andrew Shepard, "If you want to be the land of the free then the symbol of that land can't just be the flag it has to be somone burning that flag..." or something like that.


These are great, Amy. I miss West Wing.

I'm tempted to cut-and-paste the second Bartlett quote, with outdated sections of the Bible, and add it to Jerry's post on California's ridiculous Proposition 8!

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