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asked if you were attracted to me.
SYDNEY ELLEN WADE: That's not the issue.
ANDREW SHEPHERD: Tell you what. Let's make it the issue. Let's try something new. Most couples when they first get together are inclined to slam on the brakes because they're concerned about Bob Rumson's drool.
SYDNEY ELLEN WADE:
You're not most people.
ANDREW SHEPHERD: You know what your problem is?
SYDNEY ELLEN WADE: What's my problem?
ANDREW SHEPHERD: Sex and nervousness.
SYDNEY ELLEN WADE: Sex and nervousness is my problem?
ANDREW SHEPHERD: Yes. Last night when we were lookingat those place settings I realized that those place settings were provided by the first ladies. And I'll bet none of those first ladies were nervous about having sex with their president husbands. And do you know why?
SYDNEY ELLEN WADE: No, but you'll explain it to me.
ANDREW SHEPHERD: I will. Because
they weren't presidents when they first met them.
That's not the case here. You see what I'm getting at?
SYDNEY ELLEN WADE: Yes. May I use your bathroom?
ANDREW SHEPHERD: Go through there, right behind you.
SYDNEY ELLEN WADE: I just want to freshen up.
ANDREW SHEPHERD: As you pass through, you'll see a large closet. If you feel comfortable, hang up your coat. When you come back, I'll have fixed us a drink.
We'll sit on the couch and I will explain to you my plan.
SYDNEY ELLEN WADE: You got a plan? Don't make me wait. You're on a roll.
ANDREW SHEPHERD: You're attracted to me, but the idea of physical intimacy is uncomfortable because you only know me as the president. But it's not always gonna be that way. The reason I know that is there was a moment last night when you were with me and not the president. And I know what a big step that was for you. So, Sydney, I'm in no rush. Here's my plan. We're gonna slow down and when you're comfortable, that's when it's gonna happen. Perhaps I didn't properly explain the fundamentals of the slow-down plan.
SYDNEY ELLEN WADE: No,
you explained it great.
ANDREW SHEPHERD: Are you nervous?
SYDNEY ELLEN WADE: No.
ANDREW SHEPHERD: Good. My nervousness exists on several levels. Number one, and this is in no particular order, I haven't done this in a pretty long time. Number two, any expectations that you might have given that I'm, you know...
SYDNEY ELLEN WADE: The most powerful man in the world?
ANDREW SHEPHERD: Exactly. Thank you. I think it's important you remember that's a political distinction that comes with the office. If Eisenhower were here instead of me, he'd be dead by now. Number three...
SYDNEY ELLEN WADE: Andy.
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