The First Five Pages

Int. Reagan Bedroom — White House

Mike Deaver
I got a call from John Tower…He wants to talk to you, Mr. President…

Reagan is still staring into the tv. It’s a cowboy movie.
It’s okay, Mike. Go on.

Deaver turns to Nancy, lowers his voice
(in a whisper)
They’re beginning to talk about impeachment.

She begins to tremble.
They’ll never impeach him.
They won’t have the votes for it in the Senate.

To spare you the trouble, I’ll summarize the rest of the scene:
Deaver tells Reagan he needs an attorney. (The White House counsel apparantly had the term off).
Reagan calls Ollie North a bastard and a “lying son of a gun.” The President has some mouth on him.
Nancy says Ronnie will only talk to the people, not the press. The people love him. The press, not so much.
Reagan says they got Nixon but they won’t get him. He’s not Nixon, he’s not.
In what is soon to become an annoying habit, Ronnie refers to his wife as “Nancy-pants”. He tells her not to worry. She worries anyway.
Nancy talks to Deaver in private. She says she needs to consult her psychic because they are “surrounded by traitors.”
She catches a security guard watching a TV program about Oliver North. She immediately fires this traitor. (No explanation for why the White House is being protected by security guards.)
Close up on Reagan’s eyes. He looks confused.
So are we. Confused about why we are watching this mess.

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Joe Carter

Joe Carter founded Evangelical Outpost in 2005. He is the web editor for First Things and an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. A fifteen-year Marine Corps veteran, he previously served as the managing editor for the online magazine Culture11 and The East Texas Tribune. Joe has also served as the Director of Research and Rapid Response for the Mike Huckabee for President campaign and as a director of communications for both the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and Family Research Council. He is the co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicaton.