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May 28, 1986
And thats just what we did—signal the plane to turn back after over 1⁄2 hour. It seems the rug merchants said the Hisballah would only agree to 2 hostages. Bud told them to shove it, went to the airport & left for Tel Aviv.
This was a heartbreaking disappointment for all of us.
High spot of the day was lunch in the cabinet room with about 20 top cartoonists. The laughter was continuous. I think maybe a few were softened up a bit. One was heard to say—later—“It would probably take quite awhile before he could ding me.”
Then Nancy & I taped a little segment for a comedy bit on Ron to be played at a big ABC shindig.
And that wound up the day.