|10:29:40 Washington, D.C.
||[May. 11th, 2005|11:21 pm]
Federal Agent Jack Bauer
In the White House room, after a brief discussion of their options, the
cabinet begins to vote on whether to invoke the 25th Amendment. Wayne
stands nervously watching nearby. He recalls being told that there were
likely traitors who helped the President's kidnappers on the cabinet
level, so he is visibly upset. He wonders whether he should give in to
The members of the cabinet have generally held their cards close to
their chest during the discussion, but Wayne feels reasonably certain
that they will take the necessary measures and invoke the amendment so
that the Vice-President can help lead the White House to rescue Palmer.
As the votes are cast, however, they come very close.
"Six votes for the measure, four votes against," declares Vice-President Prescott as the votes are publicly cast.
"Six for, five against."
"Seven for, five against."
"Seven for, six against"
Prescott just needs one more vote, but he is getting nervous.
"Seven for, seven against. That means the deciding vote comes to you, Secretary Ross."
Labor Secretary Michael Ross shifts in his seat. "Given the
circumstances, I feel uneasy about this, but I think it will be a much
more significant show of strength and resolve to leave the seat of
President with David Palmer and rescue him while he is President. I
Prescott looks deeply disturbed. He knows he was wrong the last time he
invoked the amendment, but he truly feels that the transfer of power
was necessary this time to lead the country through this crisis. Wayne,
too, is shocked. He can't help but wonder to himself what the true
motives were behind the cabinet votes.
"The cabinet has been heard. We will face this crisis as best we can
without an active Commander-in-Chief" says Prescott in the most
dignified way possible as he exits the room.