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July 14, 1983
Gov. Pierre Du Pont came by. I’m trying to convince him to run for Bidens Sen. seat. He doesn’t want to & I cant blame him. I wouldn’t have wanted to be a Senator after my 8 yrs. as Gov. He’s been a d--n good Gov. too. Met with group of young Repub. Congressmen to sell them on voting for a $8.5 bil. quota in the International Monetary Fund. I think we sold them. Sen. Denton came by with a plan or idea of getting a combine of Latin Am. countries & ourselves to quarantine Nicaragua & stop flow of arms to govt. there. Had lunch with V.P. & made some Sen. calls to get votes on B-1 bomber. We had a cabinet meeting—ran over as usual. Another group of Congressmen on I.M.F. Sir Geoffrey Howe Eng’s. new foreign minister dropped by. He’s a staunch supporter of P.M. Thatcher. Quite a session of photo ops. with Dr. Strub head of Optimist Club, Reps. of Nat. Radio Assn.—an award to me for use of radio. Met 5 new members of Wash. Press Corp. Col. now Hon. General West, Alexander Hamilton 97 yrs. old came by—1st black officer, joined D.C. Nat. guard in 1905. Nat. poster child for Org. of Disabled came in—11 yrs. old—lost both legs in a train wreck at age 4. Her legs are gone at the hip. She is a brave & cheerful & thoroughly delightful girl. Did 1⁄2 hour of tapings & then dinner for the Scowcroft Commission & their wives. A very pleasant affair in the Blue Room after cocktails on the terrace. House voted for the C.B.I. today by a good margin.