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May 09, 1984
East room ceremony to recognize the “Small Bus. Men” of the year. We really have the support & affection of the Small Bus. Assn. Then Pres. Masire of Botswana arrived. His land locked Co. is suffering from 3 yrs. of drought. He has adamantly stood for Free enterprise & democracy in his land. Geo. S. & I met briefly about the Soviets. He’s convinced the freeze including the Olympic boycott is Gromyko’s doing. I think he’s right. The observer team I sent to El Salvadore came back to report. They are 100% enthusiastic in their support of the election—it’s honesty etc. and the need for us to help in Central Am. Two Dem. Congressmen came to see me Marvin Leath & Beryl Anthony. They are solidly in my corner re the Chemical Warfare bill to indicate if Soviets dont accept our treaty to eliminate such weapons—we’ll go ahead & produce them as a deterrent. From them I went before a group of Repub. Congressmen who are reluctant about this action. I hope I moved them. Then upstairs to wood shed for my speech to the nation. Went on at 8 P.M. explaining the Central American situation. By 9:30—915 to 151 positive phone calls had come in.