Santos and Leo approach the press. A couple of questions are called out, but Santos just reads a poem, which you can find here. Did Santos just have this poem memorized? Or does he carry it around in the event that he needs to make remarks on someone's untimely death? After his little poetry slam, Santos tells the reporters that his thoughts are with Chairman Farad's family, "and to all who share the dream of peace throughout the world." Someone asks if Santos will be attending the funeral, and he points out that he just learned about the death. Someone else asks a question about intelligent design. Santos shuts down the question, noting that it's not really the appropriate time to discuss it. As he and Leo walk away, the same reporter asks whether Santos believes in intelligent design. Santos pauses, steps back to the reporters, and tells them, "I believe in God, and I'd like to think He's intelligent." And then he walks away as the reporters go into an absolute frenzy. Josh and Lou are clearly not pleased. Commercials.
Josh, Lou, and Leo (and entourage) are walking across a campusy-looking area. Josh call's Santos's remark "a God gaffe." He thinks Santos basically said he believes in intelligent design, but Lou is careful to note that he didn't really say that at all. Josh calls intelligent design "creationism with a Groucho mask," but Lou notes, "It deviates enough from the Bible to say that the Earth is indeed over six thousand years old." The debate continues for a bit, but Josh eventually notes that the real problem is that Santos got pulled off-message. And Lou agrees with that. Josh wants to issue a clarifying statement. Ronna approaches to tell them that there have been a ton of phone calls to HQ, mostly from the Democratic base and mostly accusing Santos "of pandering or worse." Leo asks if anyone has the time, and both Josh and Ned ostentatiously check their watches. Annabeth calls over to Leo to remind him that they have a plane to catch. Leo tells Josh, "The woman stole my watch. You got a minute?" Josh and Leo step aside, and Leo tells Josh, "I got served. They want me to appear on Monday." Josh is dumsquizzled. Annabeth calls to Leo again, and he says he'll call Josh from the plane.