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Sydney: Forgive me, this is my first time at the White House. I’m trying to savor the Capra-esque quality.
Susan: He doesn’t know what Capra-esque means.
Guard: Yeah, I do. Frank Capra, great American director — It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Sydney Ellen Wade of Virginia. Knock ’em dead.
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Sheperd: Janie, I was kidding.
Janie: Of course, sir.
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Sheperd: Yeah, well, when you put it that way, it doesn’t sound that great to me either.
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