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March 25, 1982
Pres. Pertini of Italy arrived—1st visit to U.S. He’s 84 & a terrific old gentleman. We had the full ceremony under a warm sun. Good meeting. He loves America—very touching moment on the way into the W.H. He paused by the Marine holding our flag & kissed it. N.S.C. meeting to hear Sen. Buckley’s report on Europe trip trying to get them to join us in shutting off credit to Soviets. I proposed a plan for consideration— that we explore if time hadn’t come to confront the Russians and tell them all the things we could do for them if they’d quit their bad acting & decide to join the civilized world. State dinner a huge success—a really fun time & great entertainment by Perry Como & Frank Sinatra.