Back in the Oval Office, POTUS is trying to sing "Making Whoopee," but can't remember all the words. Charlie comes in to put some files on his desk. He tries to tell Jed the words he's forgotten, but Jed has a sudden epiphany and rushes out. He heads into Leo's office, where Leo's having some meeting with a bunch of women with old-fashioned hairdos. Seriously, one of them looks like a '50s housewife. POTUS has decided that Leo is right about the not sending anybody to the floor to respond to the reprimands. He tells Leo to inform the whip that they're going to yield all their time, and that while the Republicans are complaining, the Democrats will be holding caucuses on literacy and tuition tax credits. Leo responds by pointing out that the reprimand was two nights ago. Actually, he should have, because that's when we were told it was going to happen earlier in the episode. I suppose the Republicans could have dragged it out because Ritchie did, but nobody ever said anything. Instead, Leo agrees, and POTUS heads back to his office.
Commercials. When we return, it's Thursday night and C.J. is in the briefing room, letting the press know the details of the conference. It's starting at 9 PM, so Survivor fans are safe. ["But C.S.I. fans are screwed." -- Wing Chun] POTUS will give a fifteen-minute address and then answer questions for forty-five minutes. A reporter tells C.J. that Ritchie's senior communications official has said that if Bartlet thinks the Florida governor is stupid, then he should just say so. An amused C.J. suggests starting a betting pool to guess how long a communications official who encourages opponents to call his candidate "stupid" will keep his job.
We cut to Toby's office, where Sam and Ainsley are watching the press conference. Sam can smell what the C.J. is cooking and thinks, like the rest of us, that she rocks. Ainsley asks Sam, "Does it concern you that our smartest presidents have been the worst?" Sam doesn't understand her premise. She uses John Quincy Adams and Woodrow Wilson as examples of two smart presidents who were unable to work with Congress and therefore unable to accomplish anything. Sam doesn't care. When asked why, he says that before he looks for anything else in a president, he looks for "a mind at work." Now I see that there's an opportunity for these guys' downfall due to some speculative projection going on here. Sam is operating under the very specious assumption that people make their leadership decisions the same way he does. Sam says that a credible candidate doesn't have to be a genius, but that he or she must have "gravitas." Ainsley asks how that is determined and measured. Sam says people know it when they see it, and that Republicans tend to mock it. He asks if Ainsley thinks he's wrong. Ainsley says she doesn't, and Sam says he knows that, because she's said as much in her recent appearances on television on Bartlet's behalf.