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April 06, 1983
Learned in office George S. is upset—thinks N.S.C. is undercutting him on plans he & I discussed for “quiet diplomacy” approach to the Soviets. They have let Lydia—the young hunger striker member of the family that’s been living in the embassy basement in Moscow for 4 yrs. go. She is in Vienna as of today. We had a meeting later in the day with George & cleared things up I think. Some of the N.S.C. staff are too hard line & dont think any approach should be made to the Soviets. I think I’m hard line and will never appease but I do want to try & let them see there is a better world if they’ll show by deed they want to get along with the free world. In the meantime—between meetings flew to Pittsburgh—a rainy day here & there. Visited & did Q&A at a training school in computers for displaced unemployed. Then spoke to Conf. of local & st. officials & business & labor leaders from all over the country. The Conf. was set up to see how they could cooperate to put people back to work. I believe trip was worthwhile and not at all spoiled by a couple of thousand unemployed steel workers demonstrating out of sight & sound of either meeting. Press as usual announced the demonstrators as 4 times the number they actually were. Back to Wash. in time for another in the P.B.S. series on young artists. This time chamber music.