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“It’s gone for good. And if some politician told you otherwise, they were lying to you. And I won’t do that. Now, the reason why jobs like yours have disappeared isn’t just because of cheaper labor in some other country. Primarily, it’s technology. Technology allows one person to do what used to take ten. Now, that might be great for the economy, but it’s not for you, or your family. Now, a moment ago, Melissa asked me what it was like to become president overnight, and I told her it was the scariest moment of my life. It doesn’t even compare to what you’re going through, sir: the fear of not knowing if you can provide for your family. Not since the Industrial Revolution has our economy gone through such a dynamic transformation. We need solutions. So here’s what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna create a public-works program that’s gonna deal with the failing infrastructure issues around the country, and anyone who has lost a manual-labor manufacturing job in the last four years because of this changing economy - their names will go to the top of the list for these new jobs. But I also want to create programs at every public college and university across the country so unemployed workers can become educated in these new and emerging technologies. And I want you to know that I believe that the American government has a responsibility, not just to maintain, but create opportunities for the American people, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Like, standing ovation much? I think Designated Survivor just earned iself a place on my ‘favourite fictional political moments’ list, just after the very beginning of Newsroom and Peter Quinn’s angry speech about the Middle East.

Maybe if real politicians spent less time watching day-time TV and talking to one other and more on well-written fiction, things could actually change for the better.