Leo seems to be almost brooding in his office. Jed comes in to tell Leo he's "sending [his] girls home." He asks if Leo wants to say good bye. Leo: "Abby and I spoke earlier." Jed gestures for Leo to sit, because he's going to ramble: "Two hundred and twenty-seven years ago, a bunch of guys got together on the fourth of July and decided, because they didn't have any cherry bombs, that they would declare some self-evident truths." Leo: "Fed up with democracy, are we?" Jed nods. Well, come over here and sit by me. Jed told Berryhill it wasn't going to work out. Leo: "You didn't want to fight?" Jed did: "But the country needs a President who's doing their work. And since they put their trust in a guy whose mortality is showing, they deserve a chain of command that's irrefutable." Leo: "So who is it?" Jed: "Ben Franklin thought the only hope for democracy was if people respected each other enough to compromise. The folks in Western Colorado had four chances to change their minds about Bob Russell and they haven't." Leo draws back in genuine surprise: "Bob Russell? Really?" Jed: "He ain't my choice. But hey, we hated the last guy." And look how well that worked out. Jed says: "So let's start the vetting process." He tells Leo to tell the staff; he's done for the day. Leo: "Actually, Mr. President, you have one more thing."
Cut to a painting of George Washington, and a roomful of people taking their citizenship oath. When the guy leading the ceremony (is it a judge, or just a guy wearing the robes?) finishes the oath, he gestures to the back of the room where Jed and Leo are standing and says, "Ladies and gentleman, the President of the United States." Everyone applauds as Jed walks to the podium. Jed: "My fellow Americans, congratulations and welcome. I hear you had some trouble finding a safe place to take your oath today. Our Founding Fathers were in a similar predicament. In many ways, our great Declaration of Independence was a work order issued under fire...one we still struggle to fulfill." That has to be one of the better speeches I've heard on this show: short, to the point, and fairly free of pomposity and bullshit. Jed asks them to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance with him. Yeah, as if I buy any of this. It's a nice little fantasy, though.