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March

02

1987

March 02, 1987



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DIary Entry - 03/02/1987

Monday, March 2, 1987

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9 A.M. & the Chief of Staff & V.P. came in for usual meeting—only this time the Chf. was Howard Baker—his 1st day. He’s going to be fine & there was a great feeling in the West Wing of improved morale. Ron asked if he could spend a day in my office to see what my job was like. So I said yes & he was in on all the meetings etc. N.S.C. had to do with Gorbachevs new arms proposal & the matter of Bob Gates as Dir. of C.I.A. The Sen. is giving him a bad time & may not approve him.

Copies of my Wed. speech & one on Soviet U. were delivered. I haven’t had time yet to get into them. A Cabinet meeting—we briefed them on the Tower report. Then Dick Wirthlin with polling figures—79% like me but my job rating has fallen to 44% in light of the Iran affair. We had an issues briefing lunch & Howard presided just fine.

Then a meeting with a large group of Repub. Mayors from all over the country. Their welcome to me was most heart warming & they told me that out in their communitys I was still on top.

Before day ended Gates had come in & asked me to remove his name from consideration as Dir. C.I.A. Now we’re trying to see if we can get John Tower to take the job. We should know by tomorrow. Nancy had to go out for an early evening drug do so Ron & Mermie & I are dining at home.