Roger Rees as Lord John Marbury in The West Wing episode 315 Dead Irish Writers.
CUT TO: INT. BAR - NIGHT Toby is now smoking a cigar. Marbury speaks.
MARBURY The darkness in our sunshine, the shadow in our souls, the biblical sins of the fathers. For Americans, it's slavery. Slavery is your original sin. That and your unfortunate history with your aborigines.
TOBY Native Americans.
MARBURY For the English, it's Ireland.
TOBY Well, they've given u s a couple of U.S. Presidents, a lot of Boston Democrats, and half of the New York City's Police Force.
MARBURY Not to mention the song "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
MARBURY Centuries of... home rule, foiled by English conservatives or Ulster Orangemen, immortal martyrs, secret tribunals leading to public hangings, followed by war... followed by, followed by, followed by.
TOBY So wouldn't you say we were doing you a favor?
MARBURY By intervening?
TOBY That is the act of a friend. What is left to do but talk? What could be better for that wounded place than sitting down and talking? What is better than sitting down and talking?
MARBURY Not to talk to Brendan McGann.
TOBY We can't choose who.
MARBURY Of course, you can't.
TOBY Then what can we do but talk to him?
MARBURY Nothing. You must talk to him.
MARBURY Toby, despite appearances, I do have lucid moments, and I know that England is... running out of turns in this particular... but as, uh, Ambassador to Her Majesty's Government, I must tell you that...
TOBY Brendan McGann cannot come to the White House.
TOBY [beat] Understood, Mr. Ambassador.
MARBURY [finishes his drink] Excellent.
Toby takes a puff from his cigar and watches the Ambassador as he pays for his drink and leaves the bar.