John Cullum and Emily Frankel discuss the pressure that is being put on the White House to solve all the problems immediately, right away, quick!
It worries Emily, and it frustrates John.
As they discuss the urgent issues, he explains to her, and to himself, the reasons why some of the most urgent issues cannot simply be fixed, by action.
They don't know all the facts, any more than most people, but somehow, reviewing what's going on in the country, and the world, reassures them.
They may have talked it over -- and decided "low profile" fore Michelle, so that at least one of them is around for their children.