On a black screen, we get more details of POTUS's movements (no, not that kind -- yeesh): 11:15 - President arrived at Naval Warfare Center Crane and began his remarks. 12:55 - Motorcade proceeded to Reynolds Air Force Base. President boarded AF-1. 12:57 - Wheels up. Man, wouldn't you like to have a plane take off two minutes after you boarded it, instead of sitting on the damn runway for four hours while your honeymoon slowly gets pretty well ruined? Not that I'm bitter or anything. We hear sirens and then see a limo pull up. POTUS disgorges; C.J. and Bruno do likewise from a different vehicle. No one seems to notice the absence of Josh, Toby, and Donna. As they all walk along, attended by various security people, Bruno says that POTUS should mention the military pay raise. C.J. says he won't. Bruno insists that he should. C.J. says he won't. Bruno wants to know if POTUS is going to mention the hundred outpatient clinics they're adding to the VA hospitals. Of course not. Military housing upgrades? Of course not. A cell phone rings; someone answers it and gives it to Bruno as he's haranguing C.J.: "He should say, 'We don't give these people anything. They earn it.'" C.J. takes the opportunity of Bruno's distraction to tell POTUS that Gehrman-Driscoll announced before the bell that it was filing for bankruptcy; an hour later it was Jennings-Pratt and DWA. Jed: "They had exposure in the fund?" C.J. confirms this. Jed is amazed that the Dow's only down 270. She says it's early. Jed: "That's what you want to say to me?" Bruno's off the phone, and Jed tells him the financial news. Bruno starts reciting the list of brownie points he wants Bartlet to mention. Jed: "It's against the law to campaign on a military base." Bruno: "Yes, technically." Jed: "No, legally." I'm not sure Bruno will understand this. Jed says, "These Army guys are DRF-1. They're division-ready. They can be deployed in two hours. These Navy guys are going to deploy overseas for six months." Bruno starts to say he didn't realize, but Jed keeps telling him the status of various servicemen, and how they can be sent anywhere anytime: "I don't want to screw around with them." Bruno says he didn't realize they were division-ready. Well, what difference does it make if it's illegal to campaign on a military base? Is that the point, or isn't it? As Bartlet climbs up the platform stairs, Bruno suggests winking. Bartlet glares, and Bruno says he was just making a joke. Jed's not laughing. Bruno: "I kid because I love." That's Bruno. Always with the kidding, and the loving.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B+ | 843 USERS: B-
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