Right then, POTUS emerges from his tent to applause and camera flashes. The same reporter asks Bartlet how he would feel if he won the election but lost New Hampshire. Jed: "Better than if I won my home state but lost my home country." Abby signs autographs. Jed: "The only poll that matters closes in seventeen hours." He's asked whether he voted for the bond issue. He cites chapter and verse about not electioneering near a polling booth as he leads them all out. Once he gets near the exit, he says he voted for the bond issue, and that it's going to improve public education without a tax abatement. Outside, there are more reporters and photographers. Katie asks if he has anything to say to Governor Writchie. Jed puts on his best Nelson voice and says, "HA-ha!" No, Jed says he figures that, one way or another, they'll be speaking later tonight, and that he has to get back to work: "You can hockle [sic] Abby for a while -- she's taking the next plane." Jed grasps Abby's hand and gives her a quick smooch on the cheek. As Jed walks to his limo, Charlie hands him some stuff to sign. Jed asks Charlie to find him some aspirin. Charlie's somewhat concerned, and wonders about calling the doctor, but Jed says he's fine, and that it's just a headache. Jed: "Just me and you, today, okay? I'm fine. I'll sign these in the car." He gets in the back of the limo by himself and prepares to sign the papers. As he dons his glasses and prepares to put pen to paper, we see that his hand is shaking so much that he can't steady it. These are not little tremors; his hand's really wavering. He says to himself, "Come on..." His hand will not cooperate. He closes the folder, tosses it aside, and says, "Okay, this can wait." He tells the driver, "Let's go!" As they drive off, he rests his hand on his thigh, where it shakes uncontrollably. He puts his left hand over it. The motorcade drives off, leaving the church in the distance.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B+ | 891 USERS: B-
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