“I Thought You Meant They Were Funny”

CUT TO: INT. JOSH’S BULLPEN AREA – NIGHT
Josh walks past Donna then notices her and comes back.

JOSH
The Internet people have gone crazy.

DONNA
[sarcastically] You’re kidding.

The two of them start to walk together.

JOSH
They’re calling the GAO “General Josh’s Standing Army”, and saying I don’t understand it’s mandate and purpose. They’re saying if I could get a review of anything I want, that I should start by reviewing the job of Deputy C.O.S. Then one guy compares me to a poor man’s Clark Clifford, and a page and a half of posts, debating whether or not I was mocking Egyptians with the Sanskrit reference.

They come to a halt.

DONNA
[snappishly] I told you they were hysterical.

JOSH
I thought you meant they were funny.

DONNA
They’re not.

This is my life.

(From “The U.S. Poet Laureate” teleplay by Aaron Sorkin – of course – from The West Wing.)

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