President Bartlet: Every time he talks about colonial western imperialism, I want to remind him that the United States is also a colonialism that threw off its imperialist masters.
Leo: Why don't you?
President Bartlet: I keep forgetting.

CJ: You sent me in there uninformed so that I would lie to the press!
Toby: We sent you in there uninformed because we thought there was a chance you couldn't.

Josh: I don't think it's unreasonably macho for the White House to be aggressive in preserving democracy.
Mandy: Let me tell you something, ultimately, it is not the nuts that are the greatest threat to democracy, as history has shown us over and over and over again. The greatest threat to democracy is the unbridled power of the state over its citizens. Which, by the way, that power is always unleashed in the name of preservation.
Josh: This is not abstract, Mandy. This is not a theoretical problem. The FBI says, Come out with your hands up," you come out with your hands up -- at which point you are free to avail yourself of the entire justice system.

It's our history. For better or worse. We're not gonna lock it in the basement or brush it with a new coat of paint. It's our history.


This is the perfect metaphor. After your gone, let the poets write, The Legend of Josiah Bartlet, let them write you as a tragic figure, sir. Let the poets write that he had the tools for greatness, but voices of his better angels were shouted down by his obsessive need to win!


Because I might stretch it?


Leo: What do women think about violins?
Josh: Why? Are you thinking of taking lessons?