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
Original airdate: March 27, 2002
Episode title: The U.S. Poet Laureate
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.
• 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.