History Heartwarming / TheWestWing

11th Jan '17 4:30:07 AM 06tele
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* In Season 4's "Game On", the administration gets crotchety Asst Secretary of State Albie Duncan to agree to be a good soldier and provide post-debate spin for Bartlet. Duncan tells C.J. that he likes her, but complains that the subjects he's being asked to spin about (e.g. free trade) are far more nuanced than they're willing to admit, and she agrees, but asks him to do it anyway. Then, during the debate, Bartlet makes a virtue out of clearly demonstrating how complex the issues at stake are, and how Ritchie can't begin to understand them. After the debate, Albie is dutifully spinning away when C.J. asks him to elaborate on the issues and explain them properly, which is what he would have liked to do all along. On her way out, she kisses him on the cheek and tells him that she likes him too.
8th Nov '16 7:16:29 AM DoctorNemesis
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* A minor example: in season 3's "Gone Quiet", when everyone on the senior staff hears the Senate Majority Leader's incoherent response to the question of why he wants to be president, they immediately break out in gloating. When President Bartlet hears it, however, he gently asks C.J. to go easy on the guy if the White House is asked to respond, demonstrating his empathy even for his political opponents:
-->'''President Bartlet:''' Go easy on the guy; he's a dedicated and conscientious man, and it's a difficult question to answer.
2nd Nov '16 9:03:31 AM 06tele
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* After junior staffer Karen Larson leaks the story of Leo's drug addiction, Sam figures out it was her, calls her into his office, brutally rips into her and then fires her on the spot. At the end of the episode, she's literally on her way out the door when Leo calls her into ''his'' office. He talks to her honestly about his own addictions and the fact that his father was a drunk; it turns out that so was hers. He refuses to blame anyone else for his addictions, and tells her that he hasn't had a drink or taken a pill in six and a half years. Then this happens:

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* After junior staffer Karen Larson leaks the story of Leo's drug addiction, Sam figures out it was her, calls her into his office, brutally rips into her and then fires her on the spot. At the end of the episode, she's literally on her way out the door when Leo calls her into ''his'' office. He talks to her honestly about his own addictions and the fact that his father was a drunk; it turns out violent alcoholic; she says that so was hers.her father also drank a lot. He refuses to blame anyone else for his addictions, and tells her that he hasn't had a drink or taken a pill in six and a half years. Then this happens:
2nd Nov '16 9:01:37 AM 06tele
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* After junior staffer Karen Larson leaks the story of Leo's drug addiction, Sam figures out it was her, calls her into his office, brutally rips into her and then fires her on the spot. At the end of the episode, Leo calls her into ''his'' office. He talks to her honestly about his own addictions and the fact that his father was a drunk; it turns out that so was hers. He refuses to blame anyone else for his addictions, and tells her that he hasn't had a drink or taken a pill in six and a half years. Then this happens:

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* After junior staffer Karen Larson leaks the story of Leo's drug addiction, Sam figures out it was her, calls her into his office, brutally rips into her and then fires her on the spot. At the end of the episode, she's literally on her way out the door when Leo calls her into ''his'' office. He talks to her honestly about his own addictions and the fact that his father was a drunk; it turns out that so was hers. He refuses to blame anyone else for his addictions, and tells her that he hasn't had a drink or taken a pill in six and a half years. Then this happens:
2nd Nov '16 9:00:53 AM 06tele
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* Leo re-hiring the girl who had leaked the story of his drug addiction to the press.

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* Leo re-hiring the girl who had leaked After junior staffer Karen Larson leaks the story of his Leo's drug addiction to addiction, Sam figures out it was her, calls her into his office, brutally rips into her and then fires her on the press.spot. At the end of the episode, Leo calls her into ''his'' office. He talks to her honestly about his own addictions and the fact that his father was a drunk; it turns out that so was hers. He refuses to blame anyone else for his addictions, and tells her that he hasn't had a drink or taken a pill in six and a half years. Then this happens:
-->'''Karen''': You're not like what I thought you would be like.
-->'''Leo''': You haven't answered my question yet. When you saw my personnel file, when you saw I'd been through treatment, what when through your mind?
-->'''Karen''': My father used to... [''She pauses, visibly uncomfortable''] You have all these important decisions to make in your job, every day, all the time, decisions I can't even...people's lives.
-->'''Leo''': Karen, what you did caused a lot of problems; for me, for the President, and for a lot of people we don't even know. But I'm not sure it wasn't a little bit brave. [''Beat''] Did you like working at the White House?
-->'''Karen''': Yes, sir.
-->'''Leo''': Okay. Then why don't you go unpack your carton and you and I will give each other a second chance?
-->'''Karen''': [''smiles, nods''] Okay.
** What makes it heartwarming is that Leo understands that she didn't do what she did to gain favour with anyone, or because she was being judgemental about his addictions, but because she was legitimately frightened by the idea that a man with Leo's history of substance abuse could wield so much power.
2nd Nov '16 8:43:35 AM 06tele
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-->'''Toby''': Toby Ziegler. [Josh catches his eye and indicates he's waiving the bet for this one]...I work at the White House. Do you have a minute to talk - we'd like to buy you a beer.

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-->'''Toby''': Toby Ziegler. [Josh [''Josh catches his eye and indicates shakes his head no, to indicate he's waiving the bet for this one]...one. Toby looks at Josh for a moment, then turns back to Matt''] I work at the White House. Do you have a minute to talk - we'd talk? We'd like to buy you a beer.



-->(Beat)
-->'''Bruno:''' Freak.

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-->(Beat)
-->'''Bruno:'''
-->[''Beat'']
-->'''Bruno:''' ...
Freak.
2nd Nov '16 7:32:02 AM LupineMoon
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* In Season 3 episode 6, as Bartlet heads out for the debate, Leo tells him, "There is no such thing as too smart. There is nothing you can do that's not going to make me proud of you."
13th Sep '16 7:11:33 PM HBICece
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--->'''Bartlet:''' I'm Jed Bartlett.\\

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--->'''Bartlet:''' I'm Jed Bartlett.Bartlet.\\



** Note that at this point, Bartlett just had a very emotional and agonizing few days organizing his first military operation as President, had barely been introduced to Charlie, and had just snapped at Charlie due to crankiness after losing people he liked in a terrorist attack. Within minutes after being calmed down by Leo and being told of Charlie's tragic recent history, he has called up ''the freakin' FBI director'' to learn more about Charlie's situation, despite having to make a press announcement within the next few minutes. Bartlett does this for one total stranger, because he's that nice a guy. The following exchange sums up why he's the President of the United States:

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** Note that at this point, Bartlett Bartlet just had a very emotional and agonizing few days organizing his first military operation as President, had barely been introduced to Charlie, and had just snapped at Charlie due to crankiness after losing people he liked in a terrorist attack. Within minutes after being calmed down by Leo and being told of Charlie's tragic recent history, he has called up ''the freakin' FBI director'' to learn more about Charlie's situation, despite having to make a press announcement within the next few minutes. Bartlett does this for one total stranger, because he's that nice a guy. The following exchange sums up why he's the President of the United States:
5th Sep '16 6:04:02 PM HBICece
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*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk8akSWz2xc the entire scene]] counts as one, really.
3rd Sep '16 11:11:40 PM Invisible27
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** Actually, Bartlet can't grant them asylum because it would cause problems with China. Instead, he has the guards of the facility where they're being held stand down so they can "escape". This keeps the Chinese Christians in the US while letting China save face. He also explains to Josh that he never had any intention of sending them back, whether or not they could prove their faith.
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