For Lack of Better Words
by Rhiannon and AJ
A.K.A. The Diabolically Machivellian Sisters
Toby touched Jed's arm, "Mr. President?"
"What?" Jed snapped, his mind still on his wife.
"This is probably not the best spot in the world to have a loud discussion with your wife over a rather heated topic," Toby replied.
"What?" Jed asked. Then he realized where he was, "Oh, damn."
"Indeed, sir." Toby responded.
"Dammit to hell." Jed muttered as he strode quickly back to the safety of the Oval Office, "I'm going to kill that woman."
Once Jed walked back into the Oval Office he was assaulted by a clearly upset Chief of Staff and Press Secretary.
"What was that, sir?" Leo demanded. "Have you lost your mind?"
"Sir, you cannot engage in that kind of an argument with Mrs. Bartlet in front of the press like that." CJ added, in a somewhat calmer voice than Leo McGarry's. "Sir, the press is going to have a field day with the transcript of Mrs. Bartlet's meeting and with the sound bytes and footage of that fight."
"Not to mention that it was stupid!" Josh added, walking into the room with Sam.
"Okay, fine." Jed raised his voice. "It was stupid... I think we've established that. Now can we move on... Like to how we fix this."
"You have to have the First Lady apologize," CJ replied immediately.
"CJ-" Jed sighed.
"CJ's right, sir." Toby added. "Mrs. Bartlet must apologize for her comments"
Jed turned to Toby, "You wanna go tell her that?"
"Um... no, sir." Toby replied. "I don't... But, then... I'm not married to her and I don't have to."
"She's got to do it publicly to, sir." Leo added, having gotten his blood pressure back down to a normal level.
"Oh, for crying out loud Leo." Jed exclaimed.
"Leo's right Mr. President." Josh said. He looked over at Sam, clearly informing him to speak.
"They're right, sir." Sam finally spoke up.
"Okay, fine..." Jed let out a sigh. "I'll go tell her... If I'm killed doing this, I just want you all to know that I blame you."
"We'll shoulder that blame, Mr. President." Leo responded.
Jed shook his head as he walked out the door, "Damn, damn, damn, damn, damn, and damn again... I'm gonna kill that woman."