Briefing Room. A reporter asks C.J. if the White House will try to delay the vote. C.J. says it expires at midnight; if Congress doesn't act, there's no foreign aid budget. Katie wants to know the President's reaction to Mosely saying "we're throwing money at problems halfway around the world." C.J. replies, "The President wishes the Republican Leader would throw some money at problems right here, but doesn't wish to help the United States retreat from its role as a world leader. Foreign aid's been cut 50 percent in the last decade. As a percentage of GNP spent, we rank not toward the bottom; we are the bottom. Dead last." Mark asks whether it was a good idea to make the first bill out of the second term such a controversial one. C.J. replies that the President doesn't believe that for something so important, something like that should be taken into consideration. She calls on Steve, who starts asking about something a "Democratic Senator" said; C.J. indicates they're not responding to blind quotations: "We just assume you made it up." There's some tittering. C.J.: "I'm not kidding." She leaves the podium, calling Danny back to her office as she goes. Hey, did you know Danny and Will are brothers-in-law? Well, not Danny and Will. Because, you know, neither of them is married. I mean Timothy Busfield and Josh Malina.
In the hallway, Danny asks her, off the record, about POTUS's response to Mosely's comment. C.J. says he said, "Lord God, what a tool." Word. She tells him that he can say that several senior White House officials said that the administration will have a good memory when the transportation bill comes up next year. Danny: "You don't mind blind quotes so much when they're from you." C.J., sharply: "No." He follows her into her office, saying he'll walk her threat around for her, but…"the pilot." My God, but the lighting is dark and orangey here. It must be the middle of the morning, for heaven's sake (based on the clock in the Roosevelt Room). C.J. wonders what he thinks she's going to say. Danny says the pilot of Shareef's plane was named Jamil Bari, and he looked into whether this guy had any history of pilot error. He says his new assistant, Maisy, found out that Bari got a certificate of qualification on the Gulfstream (Shareef's plane) in 1994. That's all he's been able to discover so far. He says they've been checking aviation schools, and they've been unable to find him: "There are a lot of aviation schools, but we're going to check 'em all." C.J.: "And sooner or later, you'll find him." Danny: "Sure." C.J.: "You know, I gotta tell you, your tie goes with your shirt, and your jacket…you' re dating a college graduate, aren't you?" Danny's unamused. And also, undistracted: "Maisy ain't never gonna find him, C.J. Jamil Bari is an invented identity for someone. It has to be. For this thing to have worked, the pilot had to be one of our guys." C.J. "Yeah, I just meant it was a nice tie." He says he'll be around all day for the vote, and leaves. C.J. sits down and looks at her fish bowl, asking, "What's up there, Gail?"