Charlie heads out, and Zoey follows. Zoey says that Charlie didn't return her calls. Charlie says he was working, and by the time he got her message it was late. Zoey smiles and says, "I don't mind being woken up." Charlie responds, "Now I know that." Zoey stops short and says, "Now you know that? We have been dating for nine months." They have? Wow. Charlie says she has to join the meeting, and enters the Roosevelt Room.
C.J. asks if she can say something about the shooting. "It's been a week, and I think the honeymoon is about to be over." She says that they don't want to look like they're taking advantage of the situation. Toby wants to know why not. He says, "The entire country was the victim of domestic terrorism. Why not use the soft numbers before they disappear, and go after the guns and go after the hate groups?" C.J. says that it wouldn't look good. Toby says he thinks it would look good. C.J. says, "Well, you work for the White House, Toby; I think we were counting on your support either way." The Prez tells C.J. that if she's asked about the midterms, she should say that "we haven't thought that far ahead due to recent events." Bwa ha ha! Oh, sorry. But I don't think that the Washington press corps would swallow that one. And they'll make the White House staff look really stupid if that's all you give them to report. I'm just saying: bad plan. Anyway, Leo adds that if anyone asks about the relationship between the shooting and Prez's approval rating, C.J. should say that "the President's deeply gratified by the support, but eager to focus on the issues." Toby asks what the issues are. The Prez gathers up his papers and says, "I'll let you know." Charlie hands the Prez a note as the room starts to clear. The Prez asks if Zoey is still outside, and Charlie says he doesn't know. Charlie exits, and the Prez steps into the hall to chat with Leo.
The Prez asks, "Did you know [that] Elliot Roush is running for the school board in Manchester?" Leo says that he didn't, and what's more, he doesn't know who Elliot Roush is. The Prez says, "I beat him in my first congressional campaign." Leo says, "I can't believe I didn't commit that piece of arcane information to memory." The Prez asks Leo to get polling numbers on the school board race. Leo suggests that this would be a distraction from more important matters. The Prez snaps, "Yeah, 'cause looking at two numbers on a piece of paper really takes the life out of me." Leo is not intimidated. The Prez says he's willing to go to Manchester immediately. Leo is horrified, and says that fourteen doctors have agreed that the Prez shouldn't go campaigning for another week. The Prez huffs, "Get away from me." Leo does.