Inside, C.J. runs into Susan Thomas, who tells her that Stackhouse would like a quick word with Jed. C.J. glances over to Stackhouse, who's standing expectantly a short distance away. C.J. tells Susan she doesn't know. Susan: "He should." C.J. goes in the main area of the church and tells POTUS to talk to Stackhouse, who's standing at the door. Jed comes over to Stackhouse, who says, "That was a wonderful talk, Mr. President." Jed: "Thank you. I didn't write much of it." Stackhouse: "The 80/20 section." Jed: "That part I wrote. I added it." Howard says when Jed started talking about how much politicians hunger after the 80/20 issue, he thought, "My God, I'm about to watch a train wreck. He's going to make a political speech to the Supreme Court while standing in the middle of a church." Stackhouse says he shouldn't have doubted him. He continues, "'Who among the eighty will stand up for the twenty?'" Jed: "You did, Howard. You did all the time." Stackhouse tells an anecdote about how the number of new pilots who will fly into cloud cover, get confused, make adjustment after adjustment, and end up flying out of the clouds completely upside-down would knock you out. Jed nods. Stackhouse: "My office will make arrangements for me to endorse you in the morning. You keep your eyes on the horizon, Mr. President."
Stackhouse walks away, unmolested by the small number of reporters he passes. When Jed steps outside, people call out "Mr. President!" Stackhouse turns his head slightly, as if startled by the sound, but also looking like he realizes no one will ever mean him when they say that. Too bad. He seems to represent most of the things that made me fall for Jed in the first place, most of which seem to have been in short supply of late. Jed stands on the steps watching Howard walk away as cameras flash. An agent asks him if he's ready to go. He's not. He calls to C.J. and asks if it would be possible to move the press off the church grounds: "I'm going to take questions for a little while." C.J.: "On what?" Jed: "Needle exchange." She runs off to do his bidding as he stands there looking incredibly presidential. He's definitely got that part down.