We try to check on what people are searching for and some of the things looked for are words our summaries don't include like:
- "Big Block Of Cheese Day" or "Total Crackpots Day" (fully fictional phrases)
- Introduced in episode #105 "The Crackpots and These Women", Leo has a pet office policy that senior staff should occasionally ("...we try to do it on the first of every month," says Sam --- "We've done it twice in 12 months," says Toby) listen to people on the fringes of society. The rest of the staff have expressed their opinions that listening to such people is a waste of time.
- "Be On the Look Out for" (used in #501 "7A WF 83429")
- Blue Dogs
- It's an actual caucus in the 108th Congress made up of conservative Democrats. "Taken from the South's longtime description of a party loyalist as one who would vote for a yellow dog if it were on the ballot as a Democrat, the "Blue Dog" moniker was taken by members of The Coalition because their moderate-to-conservative-views had been 'choked blue' by their party in the years leading up to the 1994 election." (used in #506 "Disaster Relief")
(Posted on Television Without Pity's West Wing forum by "lablair".)
- "First Lady of the United States" "Nancy Reagan has been credited with inspiring, if not originating, FLOTUS." (from the Atlantic Online article mentioned under POTUS)
- Full Lid
- C.J. uses the phrase "full lid" to say that there will be no more news from the White House today. It is a real term used by the White House Press Secretary. Craig T. Fifer sent us a link to a transcript of a December 22, 1998 press conference given by Joe Lockhart (back when he was Press Secretary) where he says, "I can tell you, you have a full lid for Christmas Day."
- "Old Executive Office Building", which in reality is now called the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, according to "jlt" of Television Without Pity's West Wing forum who provided the link as well.
- "President of the United States" Craig T. Fifer sent us a link to an October 1997 Atlantic Online article, "Investigations of slang" by the editor of the Random House Dictionary of American Slang:
"...the extent to which the acronym POTUS, meaning 'President of the United States,' has ascended into the realm of the workaday Washington vocabulary. In 1994 the White House deputy chief of staff, Harold M. Ickes, discussed who might be able to persuade Hillary Clinton to accept the need for a special prosecutor: "POTUS can't. Staff can't. Christopher to talk to FLOTUS." FLOTUS, of course, stands for "First Lady of the United States." A subsequent scheduling memorandum read 'Requests potus and vpotus to meet with committee of 100 to discuss China relations....' 'Vpotus,' obviously, is the Vice President....
"Franklin D. Roosevelt... is said to have assumed the designation POTUS in his wartime correspondence with the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill...."
- Rosslyn (Rosslyn is a real place but it is used to refer to a fictional event)
- Place where, after a speech the President gave, Bartlet and Josh were shot in an assassination attempt brought on by Charlie dating the President's daughter, Zoey.