The West Wing
Character: U.S. Poet Laureate Tabatha Fortis
Created by: Aaron Sorkin
Directed by: Christopher Misiano
Written by: Aaron Sorkin, Laura Glasser
Produced by: Llewellyn Wells, Paul Redford, Kristin Harms, Michael Hissrich
Other cast: Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney
Episodes: 3x17
Original airdate: March 27, 2002
Episode title: The U.S. Poet Laureate
Genre: Drama
Running time: 42min

Poet laureate Tabitha Fortis visits D.C. to attend a White House dinner in her honor, and Toby develops a bit of a crush on her, but he also must admonish the somewhat flighty beauty against publicly criticizing the president for his refusal to sign an international anti-land mine treaty; Donna discovers a website devoted to Josh, and he soon becomes sucked into the online chat about his activities and ego; speaking via remote to a local morning show in Philadelphia and unaware that the mike is on, Bartlet makes a stray comment impugning opponent Robert Richie's intelligence, for which the staff, particularly C.J., takes a lot of heat from Richie campaign and the press.

Episode Quotes

An artist’s job to captivate you for however long we’ve asked for your attention. If we stumble into truth, we got lucky. And I don’t get to decide what truth is.