Thank you, Lord. Am I to believe these things from a righteous god, a just god, a wise god? To hell with your punishments. I was your servant, your messenger on the earth; I did my duty. To hell with your punishments. And to hell with you.
President Josiah Bartlett, The West Wing episode 2x22 “Two Cathedrals”
You’re a son-of-a-bitch, You know that? She bought her first new car and You hit her with a drunk driver. What, was that supposed to be funny? “You can’t conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God,” says Graham Greene. I don’t know whose ass he was kissing there ‘cause I think You’re just vindictive.
What was Josh Lyman? A warning shot? That was my son. What did I ever do to Yours except praise His glory and praise His name? There’s a tropical storm that’s gaining speed and power. They say we haven’t had a storm this bad since You took out that tender ship of mine in the north Atlantic last year, 68 crew. Do You know what a tender ship does? Fixes the other ships. Doesn’t even carry guns, just goes around, fixes the other ships and delivers the mail, that’s all it can do. Gratias Tibi ago, domine.
Yes, I lied. It was a sin. I’ve committed many sins. Have I displeased You, You feckless thug? Three point eight million new jobs, that wasn’t good? Bailed out Mexico, increased foreign trade, 30 million new acres of land for conservation, put Mendoza on the bench, we’re not fighting a war, I’ve raised three children… that’s not enough to buy me out of the doghouse? Haec credam a deo pio? A deo iusto? A deo scito? Cruciatus in crucem! Tuus in terra servus nuntius fui officium perfeci. Cruciatus in crucem. Eas in crucem!
Listen, I know we’re here for a serious purpose, for a sober purpose, but I wanted to say I’ve never been a part of a street gang before, and that’s basically what we are – a pretty well-financed one – but anyway, I wanted to say it feels good, and I think when we’re done with this meeting, I think we should go out and get girls, and I don’t know, maybe knock over a fruit stand or something.
- President Bartlett. The West Wing 3.3 “College Kids”
We don’t know what the next President’s going to face. And if we choose someone with vision, someone with guts, someone with gravitas, who’s connected to other people’s lives, and cares about making them better… if we choose someone to inspire us, then we’ll be able to face what comes our way and achieve things we can’t imagine yet.