When the Republican presidential hopeful Senator Bob Rumson learns "the President's got a girlfriend," he steps up his attacks on Shepherd and Wade, focusing on Wade's activist past and maligning Shepherd's ethics and his family values.
Later that evening, in a series of phone calls, Shepherd invites Wade to the state dinner.
During the State dinner and subsequent occasions, the couple fall in love.
The President's attention soon focuses on Sydney Ellen Wade, just hired by an environmental lobbying firm to persuade the President to pass legislation committing his Administration to substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
During their first meeting, Shepherd and Wade are immediately intrigued by each other.
If it passes, however, Shepherd's re-election is presumed by his staff to be a shoo-in, and Shepherd resolves to announce the bill, and the Congressional support to pass it, by the State of the Union.
With the President of France about to arrive in the United States to attend a state dinner in his honor, Shepherd—widowed when his wife died of cancer three years earlier—is placed in an awkward predicament when his cousin Judith, with whom he had planned to attend the dinner, gets sick.
He tells her politics is making choices, his number-one has always been the crime control bill, and that he does not want to lose her over this.
She congratulates him on getting the leverage to pass a crime bill that in no way will help fight crime. President, you have bigger problems than losing me—you've just lost my vote." On the morning that he is to deliver his State of the Union Address, and after an argument with A.
Well, this acknowledgement from the up-and-coming actor will definitely surprise you because we would have never guessed it!