"The Thing" is one of President James Sawyer's favorite activities. 


In a way, "The Thing" is just the term he uses to describe a flyover tour of all the monuments in Washington, D.C. from Marine One. He loves to talk about Abraham Lincoln to Carol Finnerty when they fly over the Lincoln Memorial, which she says gets old after a while. 

He allows Emily and John Cale to experience the thing on the way to the hospital, and the group flies over the Washington Monument.