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As Janie leaves, another woman enters, saying, "Buenos dias, Señor Presidente." It's Anna Deavere Smith playing Robin McCall, the Press Secretary. (For those who haven't seen the handful of The West Wing episodes she's in, she plays Nancy McNally, head of the NSA, on the show. I like her best in that role.) POTUS says, "Too-Tall McCall! How was Mexico?" He pronounces it "Meh-hee-co." She replies, "I didn't truly appreciate it 'til I came back and discovered that America isn't a great society." That's Lewis's cue: "He dumped a whole section." Shepherd: "Now there's this, uh, thing hanging out there." Robin: "Not a great society, sir?" Shepherd says, "Well, with you out of the country, it wasn't, Robin. Now that you're back, we're great again." She says, "There's a press room full of people saying 'What did he mean by that?'" Lewis feels vindicated. Shepherd is looking at a memo and asks, "A.J., did you get one of these?" This is directed to one A. J. MacInerney, in the form of Martin Sheen. A.J. is the Chief of Staff. Okay, I need a moment to take this in. Let's all pause while I rub my eyes and ponder the thought processes that led to casting Michael Douglas as POTUS and Martin Sheen as COS. No can do; I feel like my brain will short-circuit if I continue along that path, and I've got about 109 more minutes of film here that isn't going to recap itself, so we'd best forge ahead. I'll deal with my cognitive dissonance later. Anyway, Sheen's hair is darker; he looks taller than usual and somewhat thinner, and of course, somewhat younger -- it was probably shot in 1994. He's still hot (hey, he'll be hot when he's ninety), but it's all very weird. A.J. asks, "Is that the letter from Solomon at the GDC?" Shepherd indicates that it appears to be a letter from "the entire environmental community." He states, "These people are outta control." A.J. opines, "I think they're just frustrated, Mr. President." Robin asks, "Are they blaming the President for global warming?" A.J. says that they don't think the President caused it, and adds, "Sir, I'm on the phone with these people twice a week. I honestly don't know what they want at this point." Lewis says that they want a 20% reduction in fossil-fuel emissions. A.J. claims 20% won't pass. Lewis says that they haven't really tried. A.J. counters, "Lewis, McSorley, McCluskey and Shane hold too many markers. If we try to push this through and lose, there will be a very loud thud when we hit the ground, and that's not what you want in an election year." Shepherd tells A.J. to tell the GDC that he resents the implication that he's turned his back on the environment. "Tell them I'll send 455 to the floor. But I'm gonna ask for a 10% reduction. If they want to pull their support, fine. At 63% job approval rating, I don't need their help to get a bill passed. All right, let's get going. Where's Leon?" A.J. asks an aide to call Mr. Kodak and tell him the President's waiting. There's the sound of someone running into someone else just outside the Oval Office, and we hear a man's voice apologizing, "Sorry, my fault." A.J. tells the staffer, "Never mind." I don't know exactly when these other staffers came into the office. They did it awfully quietly. I'll just think of them as the Stealth Staffers from here on in. Mr. Kodak (played by David Paymer) comes into the Oval Office. He manages only to brush past a large lamp and not actually knock it over as he enters. He greets POTUS, who asks him whether he's all right. Leon complains, "They keep moving that big ficus plant." A.J. announces, "We're all here, Mr. President."