Disclaimer: Not mine, except Roni and those created around her.

Notes: Thanks to chelle for betaing this for me. The press conference CJ gives is an excerpt from a real one given by Joe Lockhart.

Spoilers: Two big changes in Roni's life, both for the better.

Jobs and Dungeons Part 1

Early in the day, Roni was making her way through the halls of the White House, when she was very close to the Oval Office. So she decided to stop by and say hi to her father.

"Hey kiddo."

"Hi dad."

"What's up?"

"I want to get a job."

"Oh?"

"Yeah. I get really bored around here with nothing to do, so I want to get a job. And I was wondering if you could talk to whoever with the secret service so they won't have a problem with it."

"What kind of job do you have in mind?"

"Well I already put some applications in."

"Where?"

"Sears, Belks, Penny's, places like that."

"When?"

"The other day. In fact, all the places called back and offered me a job. The only thing is that I'm not sure which I want."

"So basically you got a job already, now you want to spring it on the service?"

"Yep, basically. So you gonna help me?"

"What do I get out of it?"

"What do you want out of it?"

"I don't know, but you're gonna owe me."

"So you're gonna help me?"

"Sure, why not?"

"Thanks, dad." Roni said as she kissed her father on the cheek and ran out of the office.

After pressing the intercom button, Jed said, "Mrs. Landingham, I'm going to need to meet with Butterfield, Johnson, and the rest of Roni's detail as soon as they all have a free moment."

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Around lunchtime, Zoey and Roni are both sitting in the living room, waiting for Jed and Abbey, because they are supposed to eat lunch as a family. While waiting, Zoey struck up conversation.

"So what place did you choose?"

"Huh?"

"Where are you going to work? I wanna know what place to avoid in the mall from here on out."

"Funny, Zoey, funny."

"Seriously, where you gonna work?"

"I have it narrowed down to Sears and Belks. They both offered me the position I wanted."

"What position do you want?"

"Working in the men's department."

"You're kidding, right?"

"No. Why would I be kidding?"

"Have you told dad yet?"

"I don't believe I have, no."

Just then, Jed entered the room, to see his two daughters engaged in conversation.

"Hello you two, what's up in the world of gossip these days?"

"I don't gossip."

"Roni was just telling me that she has her job choice narrowed down to two places."

"Zoey!"

"Oh, what are they?"

"Sears and Belks."

"You should be asking yourself what department of Sears and Belks she would be working in, dad."

"Zoey!"

"Okay, what do you two know, that I don't know."

"Nothing dad."

"Roni applied to work in the men's department of both stores, probably so she could meet guys."

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CJ entered the pressroom that day, she begun the day's briefings, which was so far routine, until she accidentally slipped. Then she ended up spending several minutes talking about something that hadn't originally been planned.

"In two weeks, the President will travel to Columbia, Missouri, to discuss his push for -- prescription drugs?"

"Patients' bill of rights."

"Yes, patients' bill of rights, not prescription drugs. A push for patients' bill of rights. Let me do -"

"He might mention prescription drugs?"

"He might mention it, but the main focus that day will be patients' bill of rights."

"He speaks at the University, CJ?"

"No, I don't know that we have a site yet, but we will be in Columbia. Let me spend -"

"It's the only place he's going that day, it's out and back?"

"Out and back. Let me spend a couple of minutes on prescription drugs, as I raised it, even if inadvertently. I think that you all know that the House passed a prescription drug program that the President addressed earlier today as one that is more empty promises and about political cover rather than prescription drug coverage.

Sometime soon, later on this afternoon, we'll provide you with a side-by-side. But let me give you some of the highlights of the differences in the programs. I think if you looked at some of the reporting on this, there isn't -- I don't think there has been a real examination of exactly what the Republican plan covers. And I think that's important to seniors around this country.

If you look at the plan that the President has put forward on the subject of who is covered, it is very clear because it is in the Medicare system that all seniors and people with disabilities who lack drug coverage today, will get coverage.

If you look at the Republican plan, you will find that less than half of the seniors and people with disabilities who lack drug coverage today would join the plan. And that is a piece of information that is, I think, crucial to this debate, but was only made available by the CBO yesterday late in the day."

Jobs And Dungeons - 2

 

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