Nov
03
2009

The Book of Job Redux: A chilling quote from President Bartlett in The West Wing…


From The West Wing, Season 2, Episode 22 (Two Cathedrals), as said by President Bartlett while he’s walking to the altar, alone, inside the empty cathedral during the funeral… he was speaking to God…

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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 but 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.  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 that 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?   3.8 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!

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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!

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(Bartlet turns away in anger. He descends to the lower sanctuary and lights a cigarette. He takes a single puff, drops the butt to the floor, and grinds it defiantly with his shoe…)

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