House of Cards (2013–2018): Season 3, Episode 4 - Chapter 30 - full transcript

Claire bypasses Russia at the U.N. Frank tries to outmaneuver a potential challenger and ends up face to face with a higher power.

















































Deference to the Executive
cannot possibly justify the injuries

to Mr Mahmoud or the death
of his family members.

If you do not say that this is wrong,
that this is unconstitutional,

there is nothing to prevent

this sort of senseless tragedy
from happening again.

We ask for nothing more
than reform and oversight.

Your ruling is a crucial first step.
Thank you.

Thank you, Mr Katyal.
Ms Dunbar.

Mr Chief Justice,
and may it please the court.

The security of
American citizens

is the reason
our drone programme

and other covert
operations exist.

But that security
often comes with a cost.

At this very moment, the President
is at Arlington Cemetery

laying to rest three Navy SEALs

who perished on a
mountainside in Afghanistan.

They gave their lives
to save others.

"And God said to Abraham,

"'Take your son, your only
son, whom you love, Isaac,

"'and sacrifice him.'

"Abraham was willing,

"but when he raised his knife
above Isaac on the altar,

"God stopped him

"for Abraham had proven
his devotion to God.

"Then God, to prove
his devotion to us,

"made his own sacrifice.

"For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only son."

Devotion, sacrifice, love.

This is what
the Lord teaches us.

And what these young
men have exemplified.

We shall forever honour them.

And in heaven, they
will have eternal life.


Ready. Move.

As you are aware, we have
invoked the state secrets privilege

during our request
for dismissal.

But I have authority
from the President

to share some of
the classified brief

in order to reinforce
the government's argument.

Are you certain you wanna
do that, Ms Dunbar?

I am, Mr Chief Justice,
and so is the President.

So the government
is publicly admitting

responsibility for the strike?

It is, Your Honour.

The terrorist successfully
targeted was Zuri Aziz.

He routinely used civilians
as human shields.

Mr Mahmoud's family did not know
Aziz was in the same building.

The drone strike is
responsible for their deaths.

Mr Mahmoud has suffered a
terrible injury and loss.

While the government's
action is tragic,

it wasn't unlawful.

It was legal, it was
necessary, and it was right.

Heather Dunbar?
She's never run for office.

You don't become
Solicitor General

without being politically savvy.

But it takes more than savvy
to be elected President.

Don't forget, she has
a national profile

after the Walker investigation.

Truth and justice personified.

If the Leadership wants to
redefine the party, she's a...

Yeah, but no one with
this little experience

has ever been a real
contender since Ross Perot,

and at least he had the money.

So does she. Her family
owns Dunbar Armoured Cars.

She could finance her entire
campaign if she needed to.

But what prevents
the abuse of power?

The Executive can't legislate,
can't receive appropriations,

can't sentence people
to imprisonment.

All of these depend
on the other branches,

which keeps
Executive power in check.

But we know for a fact
that in emergencies,

the Executive
will contemplate actions

that do not have clear
legislative authority,

and might be constitutionally
dubious including...

Are you asking about drone
strikes, Your Honour?

Yes, drone strikes.

The fear of an out-of-control
Executive is exaggerated.

The President has strong electoral
and other political incentives

to act in the public interest.

You yourself have investigated the
White House for abuse of power.

It forced a president to resign.

Now you maintain that we should
give our president a wide berth?

I am not here to defend
any one person,

but rather the office
of the Presidency itself.

We must hold everyone in
government accountable to the law.

But we must not manufacture
our interpretation of the law

to erode
constitutional authority.

We can prosecute Presidents
but not the Presidency.

We have to assume
this is happening.

We need to end her
campaign before it begins.

She's clean. Walker vetted
her for Solicitor General,

then again when he made
her Special Prosecutor.

That's one of the things that
makes her so attractive.

- Thank you, Jackie.
- Yes, sir.

Well, if we can't knock her out,

we have to figure
out another way.

It's something, isn't it?

Yes, it is.

Traditionally, the United States

has not supported military
action in the Middle East.

But a neutral UN Peacekeeping
force in the Jordan Valley

is an essential first step to
sustainable, long-term peace.

The United States will vote
"yes." Thank you, Mr President.

I give the floor
to the representative

of the Russian Federation.

Russia is also committed
to stability in the region.

But inserting the UN into
such a complicated situation

could irrevocably damage
the hopes of real peace.

I strongly encourage
my colleagues

to not support this resolution.

Thank you, Mr President.

With no
further requests to speak,

I put the draft
resolution to a vote.

All those in favour?

Those against?

Those abstaining?

The vote is 13 in favour,

one against, one abstention.

The draft resolution
does not pass

due to the "no" vote

by a permanent member
of the Security Council.

We hoped that Russia
would change their mind

but their veto
doesn't surprise me...

So we need your support to
bypass the Security Council.

We don't want to undermine the
veto of our permanent members.

We will not establish
a dangerous precedent.

The General Assembly can't override
the veto without a majority.

Do you still have
the support of Israel?

I would not call you
if this was not the case.

Then as long as Israel agrees,

we agree.

Thank you Ambassador.

I'll let you know when we
decide to submit it to a vote.

Eliana, France is in.

I need to be certain
Israel will stand firm.

Israel will never
maintain its commitment.

Israel wants what the rest
of the world wants.

Sustainable security.

Trust me on this.

I've dealt with Jerusalem
for many years at the UN.

The moment it gets difficult,
they'll turn their back on you.

And it will get difficult.

You're right. I can't predict how
they will act down the road,

but I do know they will
vote for this resolution.

We'll see.

Going around the Security
Council is a radical move.

It's not radical,
it's justified.

You dust off some
60-year-old precedent

and think you're justified?

The Uniting for Peace resolution
was used to start a war.

To end North Korea's aggression.


Ninety-three nations on board
already including Israel.

That's not semantics.

Claire, I'm getting a lot of
pressure from the Kremlin.

Petrov doesn't want this
to go to the General Assembly.

Give me a little more
time to work on him.

We've given you a month.
We're moving forward.


Ms Dunbar is here.

Send her in.

- Heather.
- Mr President.

I listened to the audio of
your defence this morning.

It was outstanding.

You were right about making
the emotional argument.

I think it will help
the country heal.

Please, have a seat.

I'm also going to meet later
tonight with Mr Mahmoud privately.

To personally apologise.

That's a compassionate
thing to do.

When I listened to your argument,
I also heard something else.

There was a moment when

Justice Jacobs was asking
you about drone strikes.

Yeah, I remember.

And he paused,
for quite a long time.

I think he just lost
his train of thought.


What I'm about to tell you
has to remain between us.

Of course.

Justice Jacobs has Alzheimer's.

He came to me a few
months ago to tell me.

Now, it's in the early stages,

so you wouldn't even notice
unless you know what to look for.

He wants to remain on the Court.

Well, that's what
I wanna discuss.

He wanted to retire.

I asked him to hold on
just a little while longer,

until I could find
a suitable replacement,

and now I have.

And I want that
replacement to be you.

What do you think?

I'm humbled, sir.

And honestly surprised
that you'd consider me.

Why is that?

Given our history.

When I said that was water
under the bridge, I meant it.

You have the finest legal
mind in this country,

a deep understanding
of the Constitution,

and the Republicans wouldn't
dare block your nomination.

After all, you prosecuted
a Democratic president.

You're too good
to be Solicitor General.

Let's make sure you
have a job for life.

I appreciate you
saying that, sir.

I'm sorry. This is
a lot to process.

It's important we do this
before the election.

We could end up with
a Republican president.

And I don't want to
suggest your name to Jacobs

unless you truly
want the position.

So, I need to know now.

Yes. It would be
a great honour.

Good. Congratulations.

You speak to your family.
I'll speak to Jacobs.

Thank you, Mr President.

- Did you see this?
- Hmm?

See what?

I just got an alert.

I don't know. I haven't,
uh, seen Jim in a while.

That's weird.

I wanna offer you
my sincerest regret.

And I hope that you
will accept my apology.

I'm sorry, but I can't.

I know it should
have come sooner.

There needs to be
more oversight.

Well, there is
congressional oversight.

We have a rigorous system
to prevent collateral damage.

Civilians are listed
as "other militants."

But the government offers
no evidence that's true.

It definitely wasn't in my case.

How rigorous
can your process be?

The numbers of

who are being killed by drone strikes
is lower than it's ever been.

Those numbers are false.

One civilian killed in 2010?
That has to be wrong.

Look, I don't think the Pentagon
is being honest about...

Are you okay?

I'll get the doctor up here.

Don't do that, it'll pass.

It's phantom pain.

You know what I dreamed
of when I came here?

Choking you with my bare hands.

Mr Mahmoud, you may hate me.

You may hate the office I hold.

But here is the reality.

I must make decisions every
day that I hope are just.

I don't know right from wrong
all the time. I wish I did.

But what I can't
be is indecisive.

It says in the Qur'an,

"The taking of one innocent life

"is like the taking
of all mankind."

It also says that
the saving of one life

is like the saving
of all mankind.

You didn't ask me
here to apologise.

You asked me here
to forgive you.

I didn't order
the strike that...

I won't forgive you,
Mr President.

I don't wanna make it any easier
for you to sleep at night.

And knowing a few lines of the
Qur'an does not absolve you.

I have a duty to this
nation, Mr Mahmoud.

I swore an oath.

There's a fine line
between duty and murder.

Only you have the power to
stop what happened to me.

The next time you wield it,
I hope you'll think twice.

Yes, of course.


Yes, sir?

You show Mr Mahmoud out.

Two months of random
sampling across the country.

Less than a tenth of a percent
of all incoming data.

Why so little?

You have any idea how
many cameras we monitor?

The CPU core quota of every
mainframe in Washington

couldn't handle all that data.

I tried doubling the sample
range, and it set off alarms.

I came this fucking close
to getting caught.

And we just need to
narrow the search, man.

It's too much ground to cover.


I need more information
on Rachel.

Favourite books, fucking
movies, anything.

- I don't know.
- Come on.

Did she ever talk
about going anywhere?

Travelling to someplace?

No. Travelling
wasn't an option.

I need more, man.

What about the
other girl? Lisa.

I'm reading her emails,
I'm tracking her phone,

there's nothing there.

We should get close
to her though,

we should talk to her,
extract something.

She might recognise me.

I'll do it.

- That makes me nervous.
- It's social engineering.

I'll just hack her that way.
She won't suspect a thing.

If we don't try something new,
we're not gonna find Rachel.

Help yourself
to some boiled peanuts.

No, thank you.
Too much salt.

First week I was here,
I asked one of the stewards

if I could have
some boiled peanuts.

I used to eat them all
the time as a kid,

and I'll be damned
if there hasn't been

a full bowl of peanuts
here every day since.

They must have a pot
boiling round-the-clock.

Ruth has me eating
kale crisps, now.

Says they're good for me.
I can't stand those things.

Well, I have them
shucked in the kitchen,

so you don't have to
get your fingers dirty.

Feel free, live a little.

Mr Justice, since we last spoke,

I've done a lot
of soul-searching.

It was unfair of me to ask
you to stay on the bench.

If you want to retire,
you should.

I appreciate your
consideration, Mr President.

Well, I thought the
first thing I should do

is to find a suitable successor.

Someone you would approve of
to put your mind at ease,

and I think I've found one.

Heather Dunbar.

I think she'd be
an excellent Justice.

I'm glad you agree.

Just an unlikely choice,
given how vociferous she...

Well, with the Walker
investigation, yes,

but that only increases
my estimation of her.

She has a great sense of duty.

More than any Solicitor General
I've ever worked with.

I wish I had known the reason
you invited me beforehand.

I could have saved you
the trouble.


After I talked to you
a couple of months ago,

Ruth said you'd given me a gift.

That I would be miserable
if I weren't on the bench.

She talked to my sons,
and they all agreed.

As long as I'm well enough
to serve the Court,

that's where I wanna be.

And we'll keep an eye on 2016.

If it looks as though
the Republicans will win,

I'll step down.

If not, I'll stay.
But there's no rush.

Must I destroy this man?

Mr President?

No, I won't.

Excuse me?

I won't stand by

and watch you make this mistake.

I've thought this through.

We're not friends, Robert.

We don't know
each other that well.

But I care about you,

because you served for more
than 20 years on the bench.

You've established legal precedents
that will outlive both of us.

And maybe you can explain away
yesterday as a senior moment,

but what if another moment happens
that you can't explain away?

What if somehow the news
of your illness leaks?

Then every decision you've written
will be called into question.

They'll be challenged.

And a life's work will be
undone in a heartbeat.

Do you have some
ulterior motive here?

Only your best interests.

But why the urgency?

I want to protect you.

Justice, I'm asking you,
I'm pleading with you.

Don't let events get
out of your control.

Will you reconsider?

I appreciate your concern,
Mr President.

Let me speak again to Ruth,
and I'll get back to you.

Thank you, Justice.

It's a moratorium.

We're not calling it that.

Call it whatever you
want, nobody's talking.

We're trying to
prevent misinformation.

I'm supposed to
write about AmWorks.

How can I do that when no one

from the Executive Branch
will speak to me?

This thing is shifting under
our feet in Congress.

By the time I finish
the morning brief,

it's already outdated.

I'm not asking for a
one-on-one with the President,

but the Secretary of Labour, Treasury,
one of his economic advisers?

Give you special treatment?

I think you issued
the moratorium

because you're
losing the battle.

It's 500 billion dollars.

This is the largest jobs
programme since the New Deal.

Of course it's a slugfest. That
doesn't mean we're losing.

Then let me speak to someone
who can confirm that.

Because all I'm hearing
from the Republicans

is that AmWorks will never
see the light of day.

I sympathise with you, Ayla.

I wish I could give
you what you want.

President needs us.

So we'll talk later.

Michael Corrigan.

The activist who
organised the protest

at the state dinner last month.

Arrested by Russian police
three hours ago in Moscow.

The video is going viral.

He's a high-profile
gay rights activist.

Nationally and abroad.

And he's been very vocal in
Russia over the last six weeks.

Here's the Bureau
file on him, sir.

Have we been in touch
with the Kremlin?

Durant is in Tangiers right now.

I briefed her by phone and
she reached out to Bugayev,

but they have not connected yet.

Ambassador Grimes
is making calls in Moscow,

but nobody's engaging
other than to say

they plan on
fully prosecuting him.

Ambassador, do you think
this could be

in retaliation for what
you're doing at the UN?

It could be.

The Russians are very upset
about this resolution.

I'll see what I can
find out from Moryakov.

Let's hold off on the press
conference until tomorrow.

I'd like to deliver some good
news instead of no news.

In the meantime,
put out a statement

that we're in communication
with Moscow,

and that we're doing
everything we can

to get Mr Corrigan
back to the United States.

Thank you, all.

Personally, I hate the law.
It's medieval.

Homophobic nonsense,
but it's the law.

I don't think it's coincidence

that Corrigan was arrested
after our conversation.

Well, I wouldn't think it
was a coincidence either.

So, what do you hope to achieve?

The same thing as you do,
Mr Corrigan's release.

If I withdraw the resolution?

I think Moscow would certainly
see it as a sign of goodwill.

Well, we don't barter goodwill for
the freedom of American citizens.

I actually advocated for
his immediate deportation.

I agree that tossing him in
jail is counterproductive,

but my superiors are adamant.

Save Petrov from himself.

It's not my place
to question him.

Unlike you, I'm not
married to my boss.

I'll relay the Kremlin's
position to the President.

If we give in, the Jordan
Valley plan is over,

and we show the Russians
we can be blackmailed.

So we're just supposed
to let Corrigan rot away?

I think if we continue
to drive hard at the UN,

we'll gain leverage.

- What does Cathy think?
- She agrees.

I'm gonna take flack every day
that Corrigan remains in jail.

And you'll take more
if you back down.

But it does mean I have to
get in front of the press

with absolutely nothing
of substance to say.

You spent 20 years in Congress.
You're good at that.

It's good to hear you laugh.

Get some sleep.
I'll call you tomorrow.

Good night.

Who specifically is communicating
between Washington and Moscow?

All of our
communication is between

the State Department and the
Russian Foreign Ministry.


In your statement, you persisted

in calling this
a free speech issue.

But isn't gay rights really
at the centre of this?

Well, Mr Corrigan was arrested
for speaking his mind,

and no matter
what his opinions...

Aren't you skirting that,
Mr President,

because your stance
on gay rights is unclear?

What is clear is that Mr
Corrigan's detainment is unjust

and as I said, we're
doing everything we can

- to make sure that he can come home.
- Yes, Zachary?

Following up,
isn't dodging gay rights

a calculated move for a man
not running for office?

You think I'm dodging?

Well, then let me be as
clear as I possibly can be.

Gay people have rights.

And this administration
has always believed

that Mr Corrigan has the
right to speak his mind

without fear of being
arrested on any issue,

whether it's gay rights
or something else.

And what is also
quite clear is that

you must have
failed etiquette class.

Yes, Zachary, go ahead.

Why won't you speak to John Pasternak?
Corrigan's husband.

Ms Sayyad, there are other
members of the press here.

Mr Pasternak has been trying
to contact the White House,

and no one will speak with him.

I do apologise,
I have a meeting.

I wish I could have gotten
to all of your questions.

But if you have
any further enquiries,

please direct them to Mr Grayson.
Thank you very much.

I apologise, sir.

You went too far.

I did my job.

There's protocol.
There's basic decorum.

How about this?

You lift the moratorium
for me on AmWorks.

I disappear for five weeks.
Focus on my long-lead piece.

I don't touch Corrigan
or anything else.

You wanted me to chew you out.

If that's what it takes
to get us talking.

Which is why I need
your credential.

- What?
- Your credential.

You're kidding.

Do you see me laughing?

You don't control my credential.

The Correspondents'
Association does.

And I just spoke
to Joel Weinmann.

He wouldn't.

You succeeded, Ayla.

I'm lifting the
moratorium for every

other member of the press corps.

The price was your credential.

He has no grounds.

You disrespected the
President, the Office,

and most importantly,
your fellow colleagues.

It wasn't a tough sell.

Then this becomes my next story.

Punishing a member of the press, collusion.
Pay for play.

And I'll deny.

And do you think the
head of the Association

is gonna admit anything?

You don't have any friends, Ayla,
on either side of the fence.

The President just made
a statement about free speech.

Now you're gonna start kicking
reporters out of the White House?

No. Just you.

No, not just me.

You're fucking with the second
largest daily in America.

You can get rid of me,

but you can't get rid of
the institution I work for.

You done?

Don't let your 15 minutes of
power go to your head, Seth.

You can keep the plastic if you want.
As a souvenir.

That's all it's good for now.



Are you serious?



I need to speak
to the President.

Through our laws, we seek to
create a more perfect union.

Government officials
who abuse the law,

or at the very least,
exploit the edges of it

for their own personal gain,

tarnish our democracy,

and weaken the bonds
of our great nation.

The Democratic Party

must step out of the shadow of
scandal and redefine itself.

I want her here when she's
done with this stunt.

Embracing a new era of transparency,
honesty, and justice.

This country deserves
a president

who has dedicated
herself to those

ideals in this court
and many others.

Who has spent her entire
life defending the law,

and who now wants to dedicate
herself to enforcing it.

Let's restore integrity
to the Oval Office.

Use its power to root out
corruption and lead by example.

Today, before my
family and friends,

my God, and the highest
court in our land,

I announce my candidacy

- for President of The United States
of America. -

There was
no indication that Ms Dunbar

had plans to run for President.

This will make her the
second Solicitor General...

The only other being...

With President Underwood
declaring that he will not...

- Mr President.
- Ms Dunbar.

Please, take a seat.

My letter of resignation.

I can't accept that.
You're too valuable to us.

I can't run for office
as Solicitor General.

Then you should reconsider
running for office.

It's too late for that, I think.

I don't understand, Heather.

I offered you a seat
on the Supreme Court.

If Jacobs was stepping
down, which he isn't.

You spoke to him.

As Solicitor General, I'm
friendly with all the Justices.

I keep those
relationships private,

so no one will suspect
any bias toward me.

But Robert and I are very close.

He and Ruth have me over
for dinner once a month.

So you already knew
about the Alzheimer's?

He told me the day
he was diagnosed.

I've never had anything but
his best interests at heart.

You don't care about Robert.

You wanted to sideline me.

So, you actually think you
have a shot at this office?

Yes, I do. And so
does the Leadership.

You're in over
your head, Heather,

no matter what Birch and
Womack are telling you.

Why should it concern
you, Mr President?

You've announced
that you're not running.

Is this personal for you?

Don't flatter yourself.

You got Walker, but
you couldn't get me.

I don't have to run to make
sure you leave office.

You couldn't win anyway.

I'm running because I know
I'd make a good president.

Oh, you might very well
make a good president,

but right now you're
being delusional.

When Birch approached
me, I wasn't sure.

I was tempted, but I
knew it was a long shot.

And when you offered the
nomination, I was overwhelmed.

It's what I've been working
toward my entire career.

But then I spoke to Robert,

and when he told me how
you threatened him,

I knew I had to run.

Someone needs to scrub
the stink from this office.

I didn't threaten him.

What would you call it?

I was trying to save him

in the same way
I'm trying to save you now.

Once the news of his Alzheimer's
gets out, which it will,

because no matter how much
we all try to lie about it,

it's gonna leak.

Can you imagine what that's
gonna do to his reputation?

He deserves better than that.

And you deserve better
than being an also-ran.

Help me convince him.

Take the seat on the court
where you belong.

Is this how you
live with yourself?

By rationalising the obscene
into the palatable.

I haven't excused you, yet.

See you in Iowa.

I wouldn't have made it
through the past eight months

without my faith.

But I wouldn't have made it
without this community either.

And on tough days,

I remind myself of that.

That I'm not alone.

That I have all of you.

And I think it's important
to acknowledge that.

To give thanks.

So, thank you.

All of you. For
always being there.

For always being here.

I have to go.

I'll see you soon.

Hey... I just
wanted to say that what you said,

- it really connected with
me, about community. - Oh.

- Thank you. I'm glad.
- Yeah.

- I'm Lisa.
- Of course.

- Hi.
- Max. Hi.

- You're new. - It was my
first time, actually.

Do you live around here?

Just drove up.

How'd you find out about us?


Website. Yeah, I was surfing
around and I was...

I was looking for something and...
It's stupid.

No, no, no.
Tell me.


Okay, well, a few
months ago, this girl...


Love of my life, actually...

Break up?

She just left me.

Out of the blue, you know.

One day, she just said it
was over and that was it.


That's hard.

I went through something
similar not that long ago.

Oh, really?

It's sort of what I was
talking about tonight

about the hard time
I had been through.

What happened?


Ancient history.

Guy left you?

It was a woman.


Guess I'm not completely over
it, but time heals, you know?


Good. I gotta get home, but
it was nice to meet you, Max.

Nice meeting you, Lisa.

We have to reschedule.
Let me see...

Yeah. Yeah, can you move
that up by a half an hour?


Is this a good
time, Ms Dunbar?

Who is this?

Doug Stamper.

How'd you get this number?

Phone numbers are easy.

What you should be
asking is how I knew

you were meeting with
Senator Giallo tonight.

Look down the hallway.

- Go ahead, I'll meet you down there.
- All right.

Ah, stay where you are.

We wouldn't wanna
be seen together.

Did the President send you?

No. He and I
aren't in touch.

Then why are you here?

You're forming your team-
I wanna be a part of it.

The real reason.

That is the reason.

He sent you.
Don't lie to me.

I've been out of the game
for nine months, Ms Dunbar.

I wanna get back in.

You're forming your team, and I
wanna get in on the ground floor.

The Leadership isn't enough.

You need the rank and file.

Their connections to county
and municipal power brokers.

The chiefs of
a thousand kingdoms

in every primary from
Iowa to Super Tuesday.

I worked in the Whip's
office for 10 years.

I have files on
every single member.

What they want,
who they sleep with,

what they eat for lunch.

I can be valuable to you.

How did you know I was
meeting with Giallo tonight?

You rub shoulders
with the Leadership.

I rub shoulders with the
people who work for them.

Think about it, Ms Dunbar.
That's all I ask.

Going down...

I made a mistake.

I mean, the way she
spoke to me in the Oval,

I wanted to strangle her.

I mean, what is she thinking?

Running against
an incumbent when

I offered her
a seat on the Court...

She was going to run the
moment Birch whispered in her ear.

Once people imagine
themselves in the Oval,

there's no turning back.

You know that as
well as anybody.

It's my own damn fault.

Shouldn't have given
Jacobs a choice.

She just announced her nomination
before I even asked her.

- Should I come home?
- No.

I just need to think,
I need to clear my head.

Tell me what I can do.

Why did I hold back?

Why did I show Jacobs any mercy?

Francis, this doesn't
sound like you.

Put this behind you.
Think about what's next.

It was because of Mahmoud.

I let him get to me.

And all those flags
on those coffins

and those soldiers
who I deployed,

and then I buried
in the ground. It's my...

Stop it. This isn't
doing you any good.

I will talk about this
with you if you want,

but if you're doubting yourself,
I can't indulge that.

No, you're right, of course.

Well, let's talk in the morning.

I'm here if you need me.

I know.

Good night.

Good night, Francis.

Yes, can you reach out
to Bishop Eddis for me?

I'll hold.

Thank you, Meechum. If we
can have some privacy.

Yes, sir.

Still riding the Bonneville?

Sold the '67 for a Pipeburn.
Beautiful bike.

You should take me
for a spin sometime.

I don't think so.
They're a death wish.

At least you know you
have a place in heaven.

What's on your mind,
Mr President?

At the burial the other day,

you talked about Abraham and
Isaac, God giving up his only son.

Between you and me,

that's the same sermon I
always use at Arlington.

You put enough soldiers
in the ground,

you get tired of
writing new ones.

It was the first
time I had heard it.

Won't be the last.

I want to understand
what justice is.

That's a big one.

I know.

There's our justice,
the kind men create.

We base it on things like
the Ten Commandments.

But those can be read a
million different ways.

"Thou shalt not kill"
seems pretty clear.

Who's to say?

If we didn't kill, others
would kill instead of us.

There's a lot of
killing in the Bible.

King David was a warrior.

How do you reconcile that with
the laws that God gave Moses?

Even those laws
require interpretation.

There are two laws we have
to remember above all else.

He tells us to love God
and to love each other.

You can't love
the people you kill.

You sure as hell can.

And you have to love the people
who are trying to kill you.

Jesus loved the Romans.

"Father, forgive them," he said,

"for they know
not what they do."

Yeah, well, why didn't he fight?

Why did he allow himself
to be sacrificed?

I ask myself that
question a lot.

I understand the
Old Testament God

whose power is absolute, who
rules through fear, but him...

There's no such thing as
absolute power for us,

except on the receiving end.

Using fear will get you nowhere.

It's not your job to
determine what's just.

It's not your place to choose the
version of God you like best.

It's not your duty to
serve this country alone,

and it better not be your goal
to simply serve yourself.

You serve the Lord. And through
him, you serve others.

Two rules.

Love God. Love each other.

You weren't chosen,
Mr President.

Only he was.

May I have a few moments
for myself, to pray?

It's all yours.


That's what you're selling?

Well, I don't buy it.

Is everything all right, sir?

I was praying, and it just fell.

Please have someone
clean this up.

Yes, sir.

Well, I've got God's ear now.