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April 20, 1983
A cold grey day. N.S.C. briefing on Beirut. We lost [. . .] our top research man on Middle East. The bodies will return Sat. I called our Ambassador—he’s a fine man. Outdoors on S. Lawn, a big ceremonial signing of the Soc. Security bill. Cong. committees, Cabinet, Task force & about 1000 people—all freezing to death. Then in to meet with the Ec. Advisory board. All seemed certain recovery is happening but all agreed if we dont stay on course it will be aborted. Another ceremony indoors—was presented with 1st sheet of stamps recognizing volunteerism. Lunch in St. dining room for about 150 of our campaign regional & state leaders. Did Q&A—an enjoyable re-union. Harry O’Connor dropped by. He should be confirmed soon by Sen. I’ve appointed him to Pub. Broadcasting board. La. contingent from the Hill came for signing of disaster proc. for flood damage. Finished afternoon visiting the vol’s. in our mail room (E.O.B.). They’re wonderful—mostly ladies who put in long hours opening my mail all as volunteers.