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June

26

1984

June 26, 1984



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Diary Entry - 06/26/1984

Tuesday, June 26, 1984

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I forgot yesterday to note that I called Pres. Mitterand about his trip to Moscow. Very interesting. He said Chernenko gives evidence of not being well & doesn’t say a word without a script in front of him. He believes the Polit Bureau [Politburo] is kind of a collective in charge. Did a photo with Gen. Vessey for a magazine story on him. Then an N.S.C. meeting on how to respond to the Soviet challenge to negotiate on limiting militarizing Space. The problem is they are ahead of us in that dept. and want to freeze us into inferiority. I think we’ve worked out a plan that will “head them off at Eagle gap.” Then I hurried over to the East Room to recognize a Senior citizen group who have a Nat. program called Volunteer. After lunch in the Rose Garden I presented a Medal of Freedom to Helen—Scoop Jackson’s widow. Her son & daughter were with her & a large group of Congressmen, Cabinet, Supreme Court members etc. Then some quick visits in the Oval O. 1st Fuzzy Zoeller winner of the Nat. Open golf tourney. Then Bob Anderson of the mag. Runners World—he’s doing an interview on me. The lovely little 6 yr. old poster girl for Cystic Fibrosis, former Q.B. great Otto Graham—now a retiring Coast Guard officer, a mother & father whose 22 year old son disappeared 8 yrs. ago without a trace. They are working to help on the missing persons problem. A half hour of tapings—then home & mother.