Inside, the plan is more or less be to stick to the plan they've had all along. Royce is pissed, you can tell. Haffley says, "Let's get the leader of the free world." They go out into the hall, but it's empty, and when they round the corner, they see POTUS and his posse departing at the far end. Royce gives Haffley a "Nice work, chucklehead" look.
Day Four. Haffley and his horde are watching TV coverage of the stunt. A fragment of one commentator's remarks: "...marched to the Capitol while Republicans cowered in the Speaker's office." Some other guy says he has to ask why he was walking. The woman goes on to explain about Bartlet and the tourists and how they ended up seeing the grandeur they came for. Oy. The other guy says it was a "beautiful, symbolic, crowd-pleasing stunt." He adds that the Speaker made a huge tactical error by refusing to meet POTUS. Royce says he'll call Russell. Haffley snots, "This doesn't change anything. We still get our budget, our cap-gains cut." Royce: "You better hope so."
Abby catches up with C.J. as she's on the way to her morning briefing. Abby asks C.J. to tell the press the following: "'The First Lady's making chicken. Tonight's state dinner will be just the British Prime Minister and his wife joining us in the Residence. Coronation Chicken, the Queen's own recipe.' Thought someone in the pool might want to watch me dress a nice bird." Maybe she could start with Marina. C.J. takes the paper from Abby and says, "Yes, ma'am." As they split, C.J. tells her, "It's good to have you back."
Outside, C.J. tells the gaggle, "The Bartlets will also be serving their guests a Colorado beet salad, and California green beans." What, is Oregon refusing to provide beans to D.C.? Mark asks if C.J. attributes the slight overnight increase in the President's approval rating to his visit to the Hill. C.J. attributes it to POTUS's sincere desire to reach an agreement.
Inside, Marina the human screensaver (tm xii) is back at it again, picking up garbage in the Roosevelt Room. Hey, is she mixing the recyclables with the regular garbage? What sort of example does that set for all the little girls who want to grow up to be sweeps T&A?