While the Prez and Nimbala strike a pose, with Nimbala's interpreter to one side, C.J. tells the press that they can ask a few questions during the photo op. A reporter (in the script I have no doubt that it says a woman reporter) asks if there's a "political upside" to the fact that Nimbala is there for the photo op, but the drug company representatives aren't. A political upside? To a photo op? Well, there're fewer people cluttering up the photographs. The Prez says he's "trying to shore up the sub-Saharan vote," showing that he, too, thinks it's a dumb question. Another reporter asks if the Prez will ask Congress to forgive the existing debts in Africa. The Prez says, "It's an international health crisis; there's nothing I'm not considering." A third reporter asks Nimbala what the best possible outcome of the conference would be. "A miracle," Nimbala answers. He continues, and his interpreter translates: "There are people who make miracles in the world. One of them lives right here in the U.S. He realized that vital elements could be harvested from the stalk of the wheat. In his hands, India, which at the time had been ravaged by drought and overpopulation -- in his hands, the wheat crop increased from 11 million tons to 60 million tons annually." The Prez, delighted to show off his trivia knowledge, adds, "His name is Norman Borlaug, by the way, and he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970." He restrains himself from adding, "And I knew that Kirkwood was in California, too!" As the press wanders out, the Prez tells Nimbala, "I think you're absolutely right about the kind of miracle we need. I think we're gonna make a lot of progress in the next few days." Nimbala cuts to the chase: "I hope so, Mr. President. My country's dying."
As he heads back to the Oval Office, the Prez tells an undoubtedly fascinated Leo about dwarf wheat, which has a shorter stalk so that the weight of the grains don't pull it down. "Was it a hybrid?" Leo asks. The Prez hates not knowing answers, so he snaps, "What am I, Farmer Bob? It was wheat, and there was more than there used to be." He again insists that they should hire Ainsley. Leo says he won't, "'cause this is one of those things you're excited about after breakfast, that you forget you told me to do by lunch." The Prez disagrees, and says, "As hard as you might try, the Republican Party isn't going anywhere." Leo says, "They could all end up moving to Vancouver." He adds, "Being in power means everybody else can take a seat for four years." Charlie walks in and brings the Prez his coffee. The Prez tells Charlie that he wants to hire a conservative Republican, and asks, "Do you think I should do it?" Charlie looks at Leo for a moment and answers, "Absolutely, Mr. President. 'Cause I'm told that theirs is the party of inclusion." Bwah ha ha! Leo points out, "Charlie just made a joke to you in the Oval Office. That's how bad an idea it is." He goes on to say that "it's not an uninteresting notion, let's just do it in a more high-profile place. Put a Republican in the cabinet." The Prez takes his glasses off and says, "We might do that, Leo. A hundred million Republicans; we might hire as many as two of them. But for now, hire this girl." Leo asks what he should hire her for, and the Prez suggests putting her in the White House Counsel's Office. Next, Leo asks, "What if she doesn't want to work here?" The Prez instructs Leo to appeal to her sense of duty. He adds, "Smooth it over with the staff. Really, I don't want to hear from them." Leo notes that Ainsley could do his job, and the Prez agrees. As Leo exits, the Prez addresses Charlie: "When they close the book on me and you, it will say that at this moment you were not there for me, and for that, obviously, there'll be some kind of punishment." Charlie smiles, "Well, you could sing Puccini for me again, Mr. President. We'll call it even." And the final score is Charlie 1, Bartlet 0.