By David Mamet
David Mamet's new Oval place of work satire depicts at some point within the lifetime of a beleaguered American commander-in-chief. It's November in a Presidential election yr, and incumbent Charles Smith's possibilities for reelection are taking a look grim. Approval scores are down, his money's working out, and nuclear warfare should be impending. notwithstanding his employees has thrown within the towel and his spouse has started to organize for her post-White residence lifestyles, Chuck isn't able to hand over simply but. Amidst the largest struggle of his political occupation, the President has to discover time to pardon a few turkeys -- saving them from the slaughter prior to Thanksgiving -- and this easy PR occasion conjures up Smith to probability all of it in try and win again public help. With Mamet's attribute no-holds-barred kind, November is a scathingly hilarious tackle the nation of the USA at the present time and the lengths to which individuals will visit win.
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BERNSTEIN: Is a Eurocentric vacation, uh, which … CHARLES: Wrongs, Bernstein … BERNSTEIN: … convinced …? CHARLES: Have sufferers. BERNSTEIN: Sir, that's actual— CHARLES: who're the sufferers of Thanksgiving, Bernstein? BERNSTEIN: … are they the turkeys, Sir? CHARLES: they're the turkeys. Write me that speech. Archer: ARCHER: Sir? CHARLES: Do i've got the ability to pardon turkeys? ARCHER: Mister President, you do. CHARLES: inform them i would like 2 hundred million money in funds, on my table through breakfast, or I’m going to pardon each Fucken Turkey during this state. ACT the boys in shirtsleeves. Bernstein at a typewriter—typing paper throughout her. ARCHER: (Checking his notes) We can’t construct the fence to maintain out the unlawful immigrants. CHARLES: Why now not? ARCHER: you wish the unlawful immigrants to construct the fence. CHARLES: It’s continually whatever. ARCHER: and also you can’t pardon all of the turkeys. CHARLES: i will be able to pardon whoever i admire. Clinton proved that. ARCHER: that's, you could “pardon” the entire turkeys yet, the folk will nonetheless consume them. CHARLES: now not after Bernstein’s speech. BERNSTEIN: whilst I’ve complete my speech, may perhaps i am going domestic? CHARLES: Why is Thanksgiving incorrect? BERNSTEIN: since it celebrates … CHARLES: sure. BERNSTEIN: Patriarchy. CHARLES: ok. BERNSTEIN: Exploitation of indigenous … CHARLES: … I’m listening. BERNSTEIN: … peoples, and conspicuous intake. CHARLES: Uh-huh … BERNSTEIN: mixed below the auspices of a probably nongovernmental vacation that is, in essence, a hymn to the facility of the nation. (Pause. ) CHARLES: Yeah, no, you want to begin back. BERNSTEIN: Why? CHARLES: Lookit … (Pause) you need to rile humans up, you’ve acquired to offer them anything to love greater than the issues they prefer, OR anything to HATE greater than the issues they prefer … you could inform them a good suggestion, yet, that basically works, if it allows them to DO anything, which, they couldn’t, process occasions, do. Like unfastened Love or kill the Jews. (Pause) That’s what we’re aiming for. Throw in a few intercourse for God’s sake. BERNSTEIN: Oh. (Pause) okay, Thanksgiving used to be no longer, initially, a vacation of thank you, or harvest, yet a ancient day of orgy. while the local americans eliminate all shackles of … CHARLES: Uh-huh. BERNSTEIN: Sexual restraint. CHARLES: good, now you’re speaking. BERNSTEIN: And cavorted, bare … CHARLES: … i admire it already … BERNSTEIN: … making the woods ring with their savage, orgiastic cries … CHARLES: … stable … BERNSTEIN: … whereas the blessed banquet cooled at the desk. (Pause) Now may possibly i'm going domestic …? CHARLES: So all this bullshit in regards to the Indians and turkeys used to be, in essence, code for the, uh, race-mixing … BERNSTEIN: … certain. CHARLES: … polysexual abandon which … BERNSTEIN: certain … CHARLES: The quote quote Pilgrims … BERNSTEIN: (Sneezes) i must move domestic, Sir. CHARLES: Yeah, yeah, you’re going domestic. BERNSTEIN: i have to see my child. CHARLES: virtually there … proved by way of a collection of records, came across simply THIS MORNING by means of army Seals, diving off Plymouth Rock, within the damage of a 1642, uh uh … ARCHER: … expedition boat.