It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m a big West Wing fan. I popped the first DVD in last night and while pondering questions like “why is CJ being called about the president’s bike accident at 5 in the morning” and “how was it possible that people in DC didn’t know what ‘POTUS’ meant” realized that another of my long-standing early episode questions had a fairly obvious answer. In episode 2, the VP has returned from New York. Leo asks how the trip was and the VP responds with a comment about DC’s bond rating. Why the heck did the VP care DC’s bond rating? Because it was still the Control Board era. I should’ve realized.

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