Props to Angiv.
Previously on The West Wing: Donna dispensed dating advice to Josh; Josh claimed not to be jealous of Donna's dating; Donna dispensed more dating advice to Josh.
Briefing Room. C.J. is asked by Katie the Reporter whether she knows anything about the President being sued. Apparently there was something in the Rocky Mountain Bugler or Bugle or Herald or whatever it's called. No one knows, or cares. C.J. indicates she hasn't heard anything about it, and ends the briefing. As she and Carol leave, C.J. asks if Carol knows anything about it. Carol's response is that she thinks the paper is called the News.
Suddenly Toby appears with a Styrofoam coffee cup in hand and Carol splits off, and C.J. walks with Toby as he explains that there's a veterans' group that's threatening not to show up for the anniversary. He has no idea why not. C.J. asks, "Do you know anything about the President being sued?" He doesn't.
C.J. takes off as Toby runs into Ginger; he asks if she's set up a meeting for him with the veterans' group. She says a couple of times that she has, but then Toby figures out she hasn't, and she confesses. She says she will do it. She takes off, and Toby runs into Sam, who tells him the President is being sued. Sam's getting his information from the Department of Justice, Civil Division. Apparently, a few months ago at a benefit, POTUS was asked about whether the dangers of airbags outweigh the benefits. I have at least one cousin who thinks so, having had an airbag explode in her face when she was in a slight fender-bender. She said it was like being hit in the face with a baseball bat and was much worse than the incredibly minor accident that set it off. Anyway, as Sam and Toby enter their respective offices, Sam hollers that POTUS replied, "'Everything has risks. Your car could drive into a lake and your seatbelt jams, but no one's saying don't wear your seatbelt.'" Toby: "Oh, don't tell me..." Sam: "That someone thought that's what he was saying? Yeah." All together now: Duh. Apparently, a couple who attended the fundraiser got into an accident. The man was not wearing a seatbelt and was killed, and his partner is suing for contributory negligence. Toby says you can't sue the President. Sam says lawyers get rich trying to figure out how. Sam suggests preemptive action. Toby: "It's not going to be a big deal." Sam: "Isn't that what we usually say right before something becomes a big deal?" Yup, if memory serves.
Out in the hall, POTUS brings up the rear with an entourage. Jed calls out to Toby, who stops while Sam takes off. POTUS tells Toby to walk with him. Toby warns him that he's going to hear some stuff about seatbelts today, and urges him to ignore it. Jed says that's no problem and asks if Toby's straightened things out with the Smithsonian, explaining to one member of his entourage that he's supposed to speak at an exhibit commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of Pearl Harbor but that there's a veterans' group objecting to the exhibit on the grounds that it's "America-bashing." Said member comments to Toby, "I thought you liked America-bashing." Toby says, "I wouldn't say that."