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May

11

1984

May 11, 1984



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Diary Entry - 05/11/1984

Friday, May 11, 1984

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Met with Ambas. Hartman (Moscow). He believes there is friction in the Polit Bureau [Politburo] and Gromyko is much of our problem. He doesn’t feel I could have any success in appealing to the Soviets to come to the Olympics. Dropped by a meeting of several columnists re the ed. situation. Then met with members of the Commission on Excellence in Ed. They have performed a miracle. One year ago they issued their report and now all over the country on their own, parents, teachers, local school boards & state legislatures have started a wave of reforms to eliminate mediocrity in ed. Out on the S. Lawn I awarded certificates of excellence to about 60 Seniors from high schools in every state & Puerto Rico. In the afternoon I awarded a gold medal posthumously to Joe Louis—his widow Martha accepted. Mrs. America & her family came by. She’s a very lovely person. Was also made a life member of the Italian American War Veterans org. Then a Cabinet Room meeting with conservative leaders re Central Am. They are all pledged to help. George S. & I met with Bud M. It was mainly a report by George on his meetings with Soviet reps.—Ambas. Dobrynin etc. They are utterly stone walling us. Off to Camp David & a beautiful afternoon.