...and we're back to present day as Keaton heads into the office. He greets Mac, "Madame President, this is not going to happen." She's glad he came anyway, and he makes a comment about being summoned by his Commander in Chief. He never thought he'd see the day. She talks about the fact that the American people just lost a robust, athletic president. They need a VP to fully recover. Keaton agrees. However, he says it won't be him, since he and Mac disagree on too much: "Number one, you're wrong on Israel. Number two, you're wrong on gun control. Number three, you're wrong on school vouchers." But she uses this to issue him a challenge -- why not use the position to influence her on these issues? Keaton: "Ah, influence. You know, Vice-President is really being Secretary of the Useless." She asks why he joined Crawford, and he replies that he was offered State. He lets Mac know that if she wants him, she has to do the same. "If you want a man that's worth a damn in this job, you've got to make this job worth a damn." He pauses. "...No offense."
And, just as he's thinking he's made a grand statement, Mac tells Keaton that he's full of crap. "You're here. That tells me you do want the job. I want you to have it. I'm not going to give you State. You should consider this an honor, Warren. Salute, and join the team. It's time to step up and be a man." Look at that, Warren! A woman just told you to be a man! He asks, "Were you this respectful to Tucker Baynes?" "Tucker Baynes was a Templeton plant, and you know it." Keaton: "Yeah. You have to hand it to Nathan. He knows how the game is played." Mac: "Let me tell you something. When they see us together, they're going to see two people who complement each other's strengths and weaknesses. Two people who know how to fight hard and still respect each other. And two people who sure as hell don't play any games." Keaton finally talks straight: "Okay, Ma'am, no games. I don't see a reason why I should join this administration. You're an Independent and in two years you'll run as an Independent. You stand an Independent's chance of winning, which is zero. Why in god's name should I want to join a losing team?" And, as the boards have been asking, why make a show based on an Independent, considering that this is a very valid point? But I digress, and we've got a couple of years to see how they handle it. Back to the matter at hand. Mac: "You're probably right. Probably I'm going to lose. But knowing that, I'm not going to waste my time trying to get popular. I'm not going to waste my time campaigning. For the next two years, I'm going to do one thing. One thing only. That's what's right for the American people. What are you going to do with your next two years, Warren?" She's done it again. I love the way Geena Davis can deliver some of these grand political lines.