This is incredibly good, Will. “Never shrinking from the world’s…” “…a fierce belief in what we can achieve together.” I used to write like this. It was ten months ago. I don’t understand what’s going on. I really don’t. I’ve had slumps before. Everybody does, but this is different. [Pause] I’m sorry. We don’t know each other,but there aren’t that many people I can talk to about it. I don’t understand what’s happening. There’s no blood going to it. I never had to locate it before. I don’t even know where to look. I’m the President’s voice and I don’t want it to sound like this. And there’s an incredible history to second inaugurals. “Fear itself,” Lincoln… I really thought I was on my way to being one of those guys. I thought I was close. Now I’m just writing for my life and you can’t serve the President that way. But if I didn’t write … I can’t serve him at all.
West Wing, 11/27/02
ep.410 “Arctic Radar”