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President Phillip Coulson is just trying to run a country.  His Chief of Staff, Steven Rogers, sets aside one day a year for normally unheard lobbyists to pitch their ideas, which Deputy Chief of Staff Tony Stark names “Crackpot Day.“  Tony’s assistant, Pepper Potts, is just trying to make sure he doesn’t go crazy on lack of sleep or starve.  Bruce Banner and Clint Barton run the Communications department but are terrible at communicating with Press Secretary Natasha Romanoff, much to her chagrin and Thor Odinson is just watching in amusement as Personal Aide to the President.

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“Heinrich Breckengruber on the Art and Artistry of Alpine Skiing.”
“It’s got a moulted calf cover and original drab boards.”
“I don’t know what to say.”
“I wrote a note inside.  Don’t get emotional.  Donna, don’t get … You know, let’s try and maintain some sort of— ”

(The West Wing, 1x10, In Excelsis Deo)

Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don’t need little changes. We need gigantic revolutionary changes. Schools should be palaces. Competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be getting six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge for its citizens, just like national defense. That is my position. I just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.
—  Sam Seaborn, The West Wing