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Leo continues to try to get President Bartlet to back the expensive missile defense system while the President fulfills his Chief Diplomat duties by welcoming foreign ambassadors to the U.S., including the charming Lord John Marbury. Meanwhile, C.J. is sent out to convince a comedian to decline an invitation to a dinner in which the President will be in attendance. Elsewhere, Sam is enraged when Toby adds a "drop-in" to Sam's seemingly perfect speech without his consent.
Bartlet: Sweden has a one hundred percent literacy rate, Leo. One hundred percent! How do they do that?
Leo: Well, maybe they don't, and they also can't count.
Lord Marbury: You've forgotten that it doesn't work.
Leo: You know what I haven't forgotten?
Lord Marbury: What?
Leo: That we opened up a big can of whoopass on you at Yorktown.
Josh: You know, can I say this? Why don't we just give the sixty billion dollars to North Korea in exchange for not bombing us?
Bartlet: It's almost hard to believe that you're not on the National Security Council.
Josh: I know, I feel they're missing an important voice.
Donna: Is it true that Leo can't stand a guy named Lord John Marbury?
Donna: A reporter asked me.
Josh: What's a reporter doing talking to you?
Donna: He's a friend of a friend.
Josh: Leo McGarry has nothing but respect and affection for Lord John Marbury.
Donna: That's what I said.
Josh: Good, because Leo thinks he's a lunatic.
Global Defense Council
The Global Defense Council, the main topic of Bartlet's speech, is a fictional group that was the main focus of the movie The American President, which was also written by Aaron Sorkin.
Bartlet: You know what you are? You are the Charlie Brown of missile defense. The Pentagon is Lucy.
In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown would go to kick a football and right before he put his foot out to kick it, Lucy, who would be holding the ball, would pull the ball away and Charlie Brown would fall over.