At the end of "Faith Based Initiative" while Bartlet is struggling to walk, we see a plaque.
- The plaque says: "O God, thy sea is so great, and my boat is so small."
We have found the following information about this:
- Author is unknown
- Attribution is: "Prayer of Breton fishermen"
- "GraydonCarter" posted on Television Without Pity's West Wing forum that it is also the Children's Defense Fund's motto, "Dear Lord, be good to me. The sea is so wide and my boat is so small." (editor's note: They do use the line in some of their material.)
- "President John F. Kennedy had on his desk a plaque with these words, given to him by Admiral Hyman Rickover, who gave one like it to the commanding officer of each new Polaris submarine.‹Tazewell Taylor Shepard, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Man of the Sea, p. 23 (1965)"
(This information comes from Bartleby.com)
- In "Faith Based Initiative", Bartlet recites the following: "How body from spirit does slowly unwind until we are pure spirit at the end." What do we know about where that might have come from?
- This was used in Al Gore's Memorial for Senator Albert Gore Senior described as "in the words of the poet". But no poet was named.
We asked "Anyone know where he might have gotten it from or what the original was?" and Celina Rodriguez-Mendieta emailed us that the poet was Theodore Roethke and "The poem is 'Infirmity', published in 1964" after Roethke's death in 1963. "Infirmity" is listed in The Table of Contents of The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke
- Who first said "If you can't drink their booze, take their money and then vote against them, you don't belong in this business" which Vinick quoted in "In God We Trust"?
- "j5cochran" posted on Television Without Pity's West Wing forum
"Vinick wasn't the first to say that. According to The Quotations Page
, Sam Rayburn said to a first-term congressman who wanted excused from voting with the party to satisfy his biggest contributors: "Son, if you can't take their money, drink their whiskey, screw their women, and then vote against 'em, you don't deserve to be here."