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Original Airdate 02-05-03 Rerun 08-06-03

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In the week before Bartlet's second inauguration, an escalating genocide in a remote African country prompts him to consider "a new doctrine for the use of force." (Toby terms it "Mother Theresa with first-strike capabilities.") Not surprisingly, this idea doesn't meet with universal approval, even in the West Wing. Meanwhile, Danny's digging on the Sharif matter is getting on C.J.'s nerves; and Charlie's having difficulty finding a Bible for Bartlet to use at the inauguration.
From NBC:
A situation in a thoroughly unimportant country on the other side of the world has the President and his staff re-writing his Inauguration address on the eve of his swearing-in as tensions between the White House and the Pentagon mount and the staff is stunned by the betrayal of one of their own. The first of a two-parter.
From Warner Bros.:
A situation in an unimportant country on the other side of the world has Bartlet and his staff rewriting his address on the eve of his inauguration. Meanwhile, tensions mount between the White House and the Pentagon, and the staff is stunned by a betrayal of one of their own.


Dulé Hill as Charlie (Charles) Young Personal Aide to the President
Allison Janney as C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg Press Secretary
Joshua Malina as Will (William) Bailey Speechwriter
Janel Moloney as Donna (Donnatella) Moss Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff
Richard Schiff as Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler Communications Director
John Spencer as Leo Thomas McGarry Chief of Staff
Bradley Whitford as Josh (Joshua) Lyman Deputy Chief of Staff
Martin Sheen as
Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet President of the United States
Special Guest Star
Timothy Busfield as
Danny (Daniel) Concannon Washington Post Reporter
Guest Starring    
Granville Van Dusen as Bryce Lilly Assistant Secretary of
State for Public Affairs
Danica McKellar as Elsie Snuffin Will Bailey's Stepsister
Steve Ryan as Miles Hutchinson Secretary of Defense
Victor McCay as Peter  
Thomas Kopache as Bob "Bobby" Slatterly Assisant Secretary of State
Gibby Brand as Adam Kent Jonathan Edwards
Historical Foundation
Faran Tahir as Civilian Advisor previously Manny
in the military
John Cothran, Jr. as Civilian Advisor  
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Peter James Smith as Ed Congressional Liaison
William Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Devika Parikh as Bonnie Communications' Aide
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Abdoulaye N'Gom as Archbishop Zake Kintaka
Paul Kent as Cardinal Patrick (first name)
Mark Chaet as Imam  
Ralph Meyering Jr. as Director #2 previously Civilian / Tom
Dan Gerrity as Director #3 previously Civilian
Nicole Lyn as Intern Stacy
Joel Anderson as Civilian #1 Clark / previously Aide
Geoffrey Ewing as Beckwith Senator
Daniel Ziskie as O'Donell "Mr. Leader"
Timothy Rice as Chief Justice  

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration for Outstanding Drama Series Win

Media Quotes

The Washington Bible is handled only with gloved hands and travels with three St. John"s Lodge members at all times. It does not go through X-ray machines, even at airports. The repeated low-level radiation could cause the ink, which is vegetable-based, to deteriorate, according to Garfunkel.

Although rumors persist that the Bible does not fly on airplanes - the plot device that prevented it from being used at President "Jed" Bartlett's second inaugural on the television show "The West Wing" - the Bible has been transported by plane, train, automobile, subway, taxicab, limousine and private car.

"Book was used at inaugural of 1st U.S. president"
by Judy Harrison
May 7, 2005
Bangor Daily News

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Continuity Guide to "The West Wing"
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