Oval Office. Shadrach is trying to convince Jed to cancel the concert. Jed refuses. Leo says that Jed doesn't even know if Jai Yung Ahn understood him. Jed: "His English is better than he lets on." Leo insists Jed doesn't know if he understood his English, never mind his meaning. Jed refuses to cancel the concert. Shadrach asks, "Sir, you're not positive if he got it or not?" Jed isn't. Leo tells him he needs to come down with some flu. That shouldn't start up the MS rumour machine at all. Jed says, "We cancel the concert, it's a red flag. I told him 'freedom means choice.' My choice is to trust in his decision." Leo sighs and tell Shadrach, "Get things ready in case it goes the other way." Shadrach leaves. Leo glares at Jed: "It's a crapshoot." Jed: "The negotiations are a crapshoot. Whole damn job's a crapshoot." Well, that's...insightful. Sheesh.
Josh is watching the vote in his office. He's stunned when Thiele votes "aye." As he walks out of his office, Donna has someone named Dory Macklin from the Post on the phone for him. Josh says to tell her, "Never mind."
Josh rounds the corner and sees Leo down the hall. Leo nods at him, pleased; in response, Josh lifts his fists up near in his shoulders in a victory gesture. When Josh catches up with Leo at Margaret's desk, Leo says it was nice work and asks how he got Thiele to turn. Josh doesn't really know. They go into Leo's office and Leo says: "We have a Vice-President. I may actually sleep tonight." Josh: "Really?" Leo admits, "Probably not."
Rose Garden. Jed begins his speech, with "Bingo" Bob at his side: "It's with surpassing pleasure and pride that I announce that Congress, just a short time ago, voted to confirm Robert Russell as the new Vice-President of these United States. Confirmed by unanimous vote, as befits this distinguished choice. In a triumph of the..." He hesitates, not believing what he sees on the prompter, which is of course, "...a triumph of the middling, a nod to mediocrity, and with gorge rising, it gives me great nausea..." You know the rest. POTUS is forced to improvise, and as we know, improvisation is not his strongest suit. He continues, making it up like crazy: "In a triumph of the meritorious, Bob Russell is someone I have come to know, trust, and immeasurably respect over the past five years of our working together..." Toby and Will are confused about what's going on, and of course, Russell can see what's on the prompter, too. He doesn't react much, but glances at Toby and Will. Jed carries on: "...as have all of us here at the White House. His estimable legislative record is but one facet of his laudable public service to his country, service that now ascends to an even loftier level, as he assumes his new responsibilities as Vice-President: Mr. Robert Russell." The crowd applauds. Now, here's the thing: if I had just come into the show at this point, I would have wondered slightly about Martin Sheen's halting delivery of these lines, but other than that, I frankly wouldn't have noticed much, if any, difference between that and most of the other speeches featured on the show for the last couple of years. Sad, no?