INT. THE OVAL OFFICE – DAY
RMN sits lounging in his executive leather chair, tapping the top of a desk with a pencil. His wife PAT tidies the top of his desk, which is already tidy.
If only Checkers was here.
Checkers has been dead for years, honey.
Can you not put this pencil sharpener in
your desk drawer?
I like a sharp pencil.
Are you ready to make your little speech?
Henry says I shouldn’t mention the war.
Well, just do what Henry says.
And don’t mention Checkers.
EXT. ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN – DAY
Reporters gather in front of RMN and PAT. Lightbulbs pop. [Director’s notation: yes, I want the pops.]
RMN looks distracted, nervous. PAT takes his hand.
Smile, Richard. You have such a lovely smile.
FADE TO BLACK.