JOSH: Could I get five minutes without being interrupted by banality?
ABBEY: It's not banality--it's the boss's wife.
JOSH: Good morning, Ma'am.
ABBEY: Good morning, Josh.
JOSH: A little heads up wouldn't be out of line.
DONNA: I said "Josh."
JOSH: Yeah. What can I do for you, Ma'am?
JOSH: It's bluster. The appointments aren't going to be held up, at least not by Lady Godiva.
DONNA: Tell me she wasn't bare-breasted, at least outside your imagination.
JOSH: Yeah, no--she was. Yeah, I'm saying, if she wants to front off, it's not like there's a moral imperative for the White House to get behind, what--
DONNA: Equity and insur--
JOSH: Equity and insurance coverage for contraception, or whatever it is the ladies want--more money for sewing notions and what not.
DONNA: Suffrage, for instance, and the right to smoke.
JOSH: If she wants to throw heat, we can hold off a few months backing for the Child Support Enforcement Act.
DONNA: But you don't want to do that.
JOSH: Of course I don't want to do that, Donna. I'm a friend of the working mom.
DONNA: You want her to have sewing notions.
JOSH: I do.
DONNA: Can I ask you something?
DONNA: Do you think it's possible there's a broader point?
JOSH: No. (beat) Why? (beat) What?
DONNA: That leaving the word "forced" in the treaty condones consensual prostitution.
JOSH: That's ridiculous.
DONNA: I'm saying it could be spun that way.
JOSH: That we condone prostitution?
JOSH: It can't be spun that way.
JOSH: You think it can?
DONNA: I just did.
JOSH: All right. All right--would you check if CJ's in her office?
DONNA: Leo's office wanted you to know that the OMB's going to do a quick report on expanding unfunded mandates, and it doesn't mean anything but they're doing it anyway.
JOSH: My tax dollars hard at work.
DONNA: I'll be at my desk.
JOSH: Say, Donna--you've worked as a prostitute?
JOSH: Let's just say.
JOSH: Why should what you do be against the law?
DONNA: Well ... in this country, you're not allowed to buy and sell people.
JOSH: You're not selling yourself. You're renting out your body.
DONNA: You're not allowed to do that either.
JOSH: Don't fashion models do it every day?
DONNA: It's different.
JOSH: It's only different because we say it's different. When you get a massage, isn't it just a matter of degrees?
DONNA: Lots of things are just a matter of degrees.
JOSH: Wouldn't legalising prostitution allow women to unionise, and get access to social services and health care benefits, and create some control over the industry?
DONNA: You think if you make prostitution legal, then prostitutes are going to suddenly want everybody to know they're prostitutes?
JOSH: The rare valid point.
DONNA: I'll be back on my street corner.
AMY: Are you dating your assistant?
AMY: I heard you might be.
JOSH: I'm not.
AMY: She's cute.
JOSH: She's my assistant.
AMY: Are you dating Joey Lucas?
AMY: She's not your assistant.
JOSH: I know.
AMY: You know the thing, with guys like you--
JOSH: Why are we talking about this?
AMY: Because you stopped by.
JOSH: I'm a visible guy ... people say things about me. People write things. And what I do reflects on the President.
AMY: Nice save.