After the commercial break, Leo's waiting for Jed in the Oval Office. When Jed arrives with a few of the military advisors tagging along, he looks at Leo and barks, "What?" Leo tells him that two of Dessaline's bodyguards were shot, and they think Dessaline's headed to their embassy. Jed asks how they know this. Leo says that Peter Bratt got a message through; POTUS asks with annoyance what Bratt's doing down there. Leo replies, somewhat impatiently, "He went down for the inauguration! And he may well have Dessaline in the trunk of his car." Jed's amazed to hear this: "In the trunk of his car? Did we evacuate the nonessentials?" Leo says that they're on their way to waiting aircraft, and warns that if they don't take Dessaline in, he'll end up convicted in a twenty-minute trial and imprisoned for life, if not executed by the junta. Cornelius tells POTUS that they shouldn't take sides in an internal situation such as this. Leo: "Of course we're choosing sides! There was a free election! We saw to it that there was a free election, and Dessaline won." Cornelius says that if they grant asylum, they will officially be in a standoff with Bazan. Jake adds, "And the best way for Bazan to elevate his stature in Haiti is to stage a standoff with the U.S." Cornelius: "Plus Bazan can surround the embassy saying he's searching for a wanted criminal, and obviously he can take everyone in the embassy hostage!" Leo's turn: "Mr. President, there will never be real elections in Haiti if the military thinks it can simply kill the winner. Also, I'd like to point out, sir, that we encouraged Dessaline to run. In fact, we strongly encouraged it and now he's in the trunk of a car!" I always think that this must be one of the hardest parts of the President's job: being surrounded by trusted, intelligent people who are all at odds with each other, all of them making good points and cogent arguments, and it's on you to decide what to do and take responsibility for the results. I couldn't deal with that burden day in and day out. Some days it's all I can do to choose between Ancient White and Seed Pearl for the woodwork. Tony expectantly holds up the phone and says, "The car's at the gate. I got the gate right here." With little hesitation, Jed says, "Let him in." Cornelius tries to advance his viewpoint once again, but Jed cuts him off, ordering, "Let him in." Tony listens to the caller for a moment as the other four men watch him in anxious silence. Tony: "He's in." Everyone looks back at Jed, who gives a slight nod in Leo's general direction.
Episode Report CardDeborah: A | 709 USERS: B-
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