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- The President and his secretary have a sort of mother/son relationship like when she compains about his diet:
- "You're not getting enough roughage in your diet, you know
I'm right about that."
"I know I'd like to beat you senseless with a head of cabbage, I know
that for damn sure."
"Once again you display an immaturity about vegetables that I
think is not at all presidential." [#119]
- When Dr. Tolliver orders him to cut down on red meat, Mrs. Landingham doesn't give him the steaks that had been brought as a gift:
- "You are a cattle rustler, Mrs. Landingham."
"If you say so, Mr. President. And no Scotch tonight, Sir."
"Between you and Morris Tolliver who needs a wife or a mother?" [#102]
- Then there is:
- "You're not going to spoil my good time for me," President to Mrs. Landingham.
"Oh, sir, I think we both know from experience that's not true."
"You need to be in the car ten minutes ago, Mr. President."
"Do you see me walking out the door?"
"No, I see you standing and arguing with a senior citizen." [#22]
Note: This whole page was inspired by the above dialogue sent us by Mary Santiago.
- Sometimes the President seems to think that Mrs. Landingham has special powers:
- "Mrs. Landingham, I can't seem to find my glasses anywhere. Can you please do whatever it is you do when I can't find my glasses?" [#103]
- The President learns from Charlie that Mrs. Landingham has paid sticker price for a car in the belief that Section 2635 forbids her from taking a gift worth more than $20 and he confronts his secretary [#43]:
- "Oh, Sir. Surely you have better things to do than annoy me."
"Never. You bought a new car? . . . . And you paid sticker price?"
"Section 2635 -"
"You need to look at the next page, Subsection B paragraph 4, Mammy Yokum."
"You know I could beat you up anytime I want, Sir."
"The Secret Service would have you down like a calf at a rodeo.
The definition of gift excludes opportunities and benefits including favorable rates and commercial discounts available to the public at large."
"I did look at the next page. . . . I work next door to the Oval Office, Sir. Caesar's wife must be above reproach."
"Is the reason you didn't tell me you were getting a new car, you? - Did you think I would think it was extravegance. You don't think I think you should have a new car? Delores, have you ever had a new car?"
"No. No, Henry would go to Calvin Hilly in Concord and Calvin would give him a good deal on something relible."
"How about you let me find out what you were suppose to pay and write you a check for the difference."
"Oh, no. Thank you, but I'm buying this car myself. This car is going to feel good."
"Is it a nice one?"
"It's a beauty. It's blue. It has air-conditioning. I told them I could just roll down the windows but it comes with it anyway. Consumer Reports rates it very high. It's very safe. And when you get inside, there's this . . ."
"How did you know?"
"It's the smell of freedom. And the chemicals they treat the dashboard with. When are you picking it up?"
"Do me a favor, would you? Come back here after you pick it up, I'd like to talk to you about something. . . . And put the car in the driveway, I'd like to kick the tires." Asking her to come back is a request the President will come to regret with deep feelings of guilt! [#43]
- "Why do you talk to me like this?" - Jed Bartlet asked her while he was a student and she was the secretary of his father, the headmaster.
"Because you never had a big sister, and you need one." [#44]